New limits on parameters of the supersymmetric standard model from cosmology

Keith A. Olive, Mark Srednicki

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We show that there are large regions of parameter space for the supersymmetric standard model in which the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) is a nearly pure bino (partner of the hypercharge gauge boson) or particular higgsino (symmetric or antisymmetric linear combination of the two neutral higgsinos with definite hypercharges). In particular, a very massive LSP is almost always one of these possibilities. We calculate the total annihilation cross section for these LSPs, including gauge and Higgs bosons as final states. By computing the relic abundance of LSPs left over from the Big Bang, we can rule out some portions of the parameter space. In other portions there are not enough LSPs to comprise a significant fraction of the dark matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 26 1989

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Funding Information:
We thank Rick Watklns for helpful discussions The work of M S was supported in part by NSF Grant No PHY-86-14185, and by a Research Fellowship from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation The work of K A O was supported in part by DOE Grant No DE-AC02-83ER-40105, and by a Presidential Young Investigator Award


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