Understanding the thermal history of the Universe through direct and indirect detection of dark matter [CL]


We study if prospective detection of dark matter by direct- and indirect-detection experiments could shed light on whether dark matter was generated thermally in the freeze-out process in the early Universe. By simulating signals that could be seen in near future and reconstructing dark matter properties from these signals, we showed that in the model-independent approach the answer is negative except for a thin sliver in the parameter space. However, with additional theoretical input the hypothesis about the thermal freeze-out can potentially be verified, as illustrated with two examples: an effective field theory of dark matter with a vector messenger and a higgsino/wino dark matter within the MSSM.

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L. Roszkowski, S. Trojanowski and K. Turzynski
Fri, 3 Mar 17

Comments: 31 pages, 7 figures