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Title: Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments

Abstract

Direct detection dark matter experiments, lead by the CDMS Collaboration, have placed increasingly stronger constraints on the cross sections for elastic scattering of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) on nucleons. These results impact the prospects for the indirect detection of dark matter using neutrino telescopes. With this in mind, we revisit the prospects for detecting neutrinos produced by the annihilation of WIMPs in the Sun. We find that the latest bounds do not seriously limit the models most accessible to next generation kilometer-scale neutrino telescopes such as IceCube. This is largely due to the fact that models with significant spin-dependent couplings to protons are the least constrained and, at the same time, the most promising because of the efficient capture of WIMPs in the Sun. We identify models where dark matter particles are beyond the reach of any planned direct detection experiments while within reach of neutrino telescopes. In summary, we find that, even when contemplating recent direct detection results, neutrino telescopes still have the opportunity to play an important as well as complementary role in the search for particle dark matter.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)
  2. Particle Astrophysics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL 60510-0500 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20774859
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles Fields
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.73.123507; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0556-2821
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ANNIHILATION; CAPTURE; CROSS SECTIONS; DETECTION; ELASTIC SCATTERING; NEUTRINOS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PARTICLE IDENTIFICATION; PROTONS; SPIN; WEAK INTERACTIONS

Citation Formats

Halzen, Francis, and Hooper, Dan. Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.73.123507.
Halzen, Francis, & Hooper, Dan. Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments. United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.73.123507
Halzen, Francis, and Hooper, Dan. Thu . "Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments". United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.73.123507.
@article{osti_20774859,
title = {Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments},
author = {Halzen, Francis and Hooper, Dan},
abstractNote = {Direct detection dark matter experiments, lead by the CDMS Collaboration, have placed increasingly stronger constraints on the cross sections for elastic scattering of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) on nucleons. These results impact the prospects for the indirect detection of dark matter using neutrino telescopes. With this in mind, we revisit the prospects for detecting neutrinos produced by the annihilation of WIMPs in the Sun. We find that the latest bounds do not seriously limit the models most accessible to next generation kilometer-scale neutrino telescopes such as IceCube. This is largely due to the fact that models with significant spin-dependent couplings to protons are the least constrained and, at the same time, the most promising because of the efficient capture of WIMPs in the Sun. We identify models where dark matter particles are beyond the reach of any planned direct detection experiments while within reach of neutrino telescopes. In summary, we find that, even when contemplating recent direct detection results, neutrino telescopes still have the opportunity to play an important as well as complementary role in the search for particle dark matter.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.73.123507},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/20774859}, journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
issn = {0556-2821},
number = 12,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {6}
}