Re-evaluation of the elastic scattering of supersymmetric dark matter

John Ellis, Andrew Ferstl, Keith A. Olive

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We examine the cross sections for the elastic scattering of neutralinos χ on nucleons p,n, as functions of m(χ) in the constrained minimal supersymmetric standard model. We find narrow bands of possible values of the cross section, that are considerably lower than some previous estimates. The constrained model is based on the minimal supergravity-inspired framework for the MSSM, with universal scalar and gaugino masses m0,m(1/2), and μ and the MSSM Higgs masses treated as dependent parameters. We explore systematically the region of the (m(1/2),m0) plane where LEP and other accelerator constraints are respected, and the relic neutralino density lies in the range 0.1 ≤ Ω(χ)h2 ≤ 0.3 preferred by cosmology. We update previous discussions of both the spin-independent and -dependent scattering matrix elements on protons and neutrons, using recent analyses of low-energy hadron experiments. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-314
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - May 25 2000

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Funding Information:
We thank Toby Falk and Gerardo Ganis for many related discussions. The work of K.A.O. was supported in part by DOE grant DE–FG02–94ER–40823.


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