We review the impact of sterile neutrino dark matter on core-collapse supernova explosions. We summarize various oscillations between electron neutrinos or mixed $\mu-\tau$ neutrinos and right-handed sterile neutrinos that have been studied within a supernova model. In particular, we consider sterile neutrino masses and mixing angles that are consistent with sterile neutrino dark matter candidates as indicated by recent x-ray flux measurements. We review how mixing between electron neutrinos and sterile neutrinos can significantly enhance the shock energy, and even a model that does not explode can be made to explode by this mechanism. However, the mixing between $\mu-\tau$ neutrinos and sterile neutrinos does not significantly alter the explosion and has little effect on the neutrino luminosities at early times.
M. Warren, G. Mathews, M. Meixner, et. al.
Fri, 18 Mar 16
Comments: 15 pages, 6 figures, submitted to Modern Physics Letters A