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Leptonic WIMP coannihilation and the current dark matter search strategy


Baker, Michael J; Thamm, Andrea (2018). Leptonic WIMP coannihilation and the current dark matter search strategy. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2018(10):187.

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We discuss the extent to which models of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) Dark Matter (DM) at and above the electroweak scale can be probed conclusively in future high energy and astroparticle physics experiments. We consider simplified models with bino-like dark matter and slepton-like coannihilation partners, and find that perturbative models yield the observed relic abundance up to at least 10 TeV. We emphasise that coannihilation can either increase or decrease the dark matter relic abundance. We compute the sensitivity of direct detection experiments to DM-nucleus scattering, consider indirect detection bounds and estimate the sensitivity of future proton colliders to slepton pair production. We find that current and future experiments will be able to probe the Dirac DM models up to at least 10 TeV. However, current and future searches will not be sensitive to models of Majorana dark matter for masses above 2 or 4TeV, for one or ten coannihilation partners respectively, leaving around 70% of the parameter space unconstrained. This demonstrates the need for new experimental ideas to access models of coannihilating Majorana dark matter.

Abstract

We discuss the extent to which models of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) Dark Matter (DM) at and above the electroweak scale can be probed conclusively in future high energy and astroparticle physics experiments. We consider simplified models with bino-like dark matter and slepton-like coannihilation partners, and find that perturbative models yield the observed relic abundance up to at least 10 TeV. We emphasise that coannihilation can either increase or decrease the dark matter relic abundance. We compute the sensitivity of direct detection experiments to DM-nucleus scattering, consider indirect detection bounds and estimate the sensitivity of future proton colliders to slepton pair production. We find that current and future experiments will be able to probe the Dirac DM models up to at least 10 TeV. However, current and future searches will not be sensitive to models of Majorana dark matter for masses above 2 or 4TeV, for one or ten coannihilation partners respectively, leaving around 70% of the parameter space unconstrained. This demonstrates the need for new experimental ideas to access models of coannihilating Majorana dark matter.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Nuclear and High Energy Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nuclear and High Energy Physics
Language:English
Date:1 October 2018
Deposited On:20 Dec 2018 11:55
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 22:07
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1029-8479
OA Status:Gold
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/jhep10(2018)187

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