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Title: Sterile Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and Pulsar Velocities in Models with a Higgs Singlet

Abstract

We identify the range of parameters for which the sterile neutrinos can simultaneously explain the cosmological dark matter and the observed velocities of pulsars. To satisfy all cosmological bounds, the relic sterile neutrinos must be produced sufficiently cold. This is possible in a class of models with a gauge-singlet Higgs boson coupled to the neutrinos. Sterile dark matter can be detected by the x-ray telescopes. The presence of the singlet in the Higgs sector can be tested at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095-1547 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20861468
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.241301; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CERN LHC; HIGGS BOSONS; HIGGS MODEL; NEUTRINOS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PULSARS; TELESCOPES

Citation Formats

Kusenko, Alexander. Sterile Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and Pulsar Velocities in Models with a Higgs Singlet. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.241301.
Kusenko, Alexander. Sterile Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and Pulsar Velocities in Models with a Higgs Singlet. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.241301.
Kusenko, Alexander. Fri . "Sterile Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and Pulsar Velocities in Models with a Higgs Singlet". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.241301.
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abstractNote = {We identify the range of parameters for which the sterile neutrinos can simultaneously explain the cosmological dark matter and the observed velocities of pulsars. To satisfy all cosmological bounds, the relic sterile neutrinos must be produced sufficiently cold. This is possible in a class of models with a gauge-singlet Higgs boson coupled to the neutrinos. Sterile dark matter can be detected by the x-ray telescopes. The presence of the singlet in the Higgs sector can be tested at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.},
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