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Self-interacting inelastic dark matter: A viable solution to the small scale structure problems
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5948-9152
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, ISSN 1475-7516, E-ISSN 1475-7516, Vol. 2017, no 3, 048Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-interacting dark matter has been proposed as a solution to the small-scale structure problems, such as the observed flat cores in dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies. If scattering takes place through light mediators, the scattering cross section relevant to solve these problems may fall into the non-perturbative regime leading to a non-trivial velocity dependence, which allows compatibility with limits stemming from cluster-size objects. However, these models are strongly constrained by different observations, in particular from the requirements that the decay of the light mediator is sufficiently rapid (before Big Bang Nucleosynthesis) and from direct detection. A natural solution to reconcile both requirements are inelastic endothermic interactions, such that scatterings in direct detection experiments are suppressed or even kinematically forbidden if the mass splitting between the two-states is sufficiently large. Using an exact solution when numerically solving the Schrödinger equation, we study such scenarios and find regions in the parameter space of dark matter and mediator masses, and the mass splitting of the states, where the small scale structure problems can be solved, the dark matter has the correct relic abundance and direct detection limits can be evaded.

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Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2017. Vol. 2017, no 3, 048
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dark matter simulations, dark matter theory, particle physics - cosmology connection
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-210140DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2017/03/048Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85016973980OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-210140DiVA: diva2:1118452
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