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Title: The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter

Abstract

In this article, I summarize and discuss the body of evidence which has accumulated in favor of dark matter in the form of approximately 10 GeV particles. This evidence includes the spectrum and angular distribution of gamma rays from the Galactic Center, the synchrotron emission from the Milky Way's radio filaments, the diffuse synchrotron emission from the Inner Galaxy (the 'WMAP Haze') and low-energy signals from the direct detection experiments DAMA/LIBRA, CoGeNT and CRESST-II. This collection of observations can be explained by a relatively light dark matter particle with an annihilation cross section consistent with that predicted for a simple thermal relic (sigma v ~ 10^-26 cm^3/s) and with a distribution in the halo of the Milky Way consistent with that predicted from simulations. Astrophysical explanations for the gamma ray and synchrotron signals, in contrast, have not been successful in accommodating these observations. Similarly, the phase of the annual modulation observed by DAMA/LIBRA (and now supported by CoGeNT) is inconsistent with all known or postulated modulating backgrounds, but are in good agreement with expectations for dark matter scattering. This scenario is consistent with all existing indirect and collider constraints, as well as the constraints placed by CDMS. Consistency with xenon-basedmore » experiments can be achieved if the response of liquid xenon to very low-energy nuclear recoils is somewhat suppressed relative to previous evaluations, or if the dark matter possesses different couplings to protons and neutrons.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Fermilab
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP)
OSTI Identifier:
1481373
Report Number(s):
arXiv:1201.1303; FERMILAB-PUB-12-005-A
1083736
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Phys.Dark Univ.
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Hooper, Dan. The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1016/j.dark.2012.07.001.
Hooper, Dan. The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dark.2012.07.001
Hooper, Dan. 2012. "The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dark.2012.07.001. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1481373.
@article{osti_1481373,
title = {The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter},
author = {Hooper, Dan},
abstractNote = {In this article, I summarize and discuss the body of evidence which has accumulated in favor of dark matter in the form of approximately 10 GeV particles. This evidence includes the spectrum and angular distribution of gamma rays from the Galactic Center, the synchrotron emission from the Milky Way's radio filaments, the diffuse synchrotron emission from the Inner Galaxy (the 'WMAP Haze') and low-energy signals from the direct detection experiments DAMA/LIBRA, CoGeNT and CRESST-II. This collection of observations can be explained by a relatively light dark matter particle with an annihilation cross section consistent with that predicted for a simple thermal relic (sigma v ~ 10^-26 cm^3/s) and with a distribution in the halo of the Milky Way consistent with that predicted from simulations. Astrophysical explanations for the gamma ray and synchrotron signals, in contrast, have not been successful in accommodating these observations. Similarly, the phase of the annual modulation observed by DAMA/LIBRA (and now supported by CoGeNT) is inconsistent with all known or postulated modulating backgrounds, but are in good agreement with expectations for dark matter scattering. This scenario is consistent with all existing indirect and collider constraints, as well as the constraints placed by CDMS. Consistency with xenon-based experiments can be achieved if the response of liquid xenon to very low-energy nuclear recoils is somewhat suppressed relative to previous evaluations, or if the dark matter possesses different couplings to protons and neutrons.},
doi = {10.1016/j.dark.2012.07.001},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1481373}, journal = {Phys.Dark Univ.},
number = ,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {1}
}