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Title: Direct detection of light “Ge-phobic” exothermic dark matter

Abstract

We present comparisons of direct dark matter (DM) detection data for light WIMPs with exothermic scattering with nuclei (exoDM), both assuming the Standard Halo Model (SHM) and in a halo model — independent manner. Exothermic interactions favor light targets, thus reducing the importance of upper limits derived from xenon targets, the most restrictive of which is at present the LUX limit. In our SHM analysis the CDMS-II-Si and CoGeNT regions become allowed by these bounds, however the recent SuperCDMS limit rejects both regions for exoDM with isospin-conserving couplings. An isospin-violating coupling of the exoDM, in particular one with a neutron to proton coupling ratio of −0.8 (which we call “Ge-phobic”), maximally reduces the DM coupling to germanium and allows the CDMS-II-Si region to become compatible with all bounds. This is also clearly shown in our halo-independent analysis.

Authors:
; ;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA, 475 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90095 (United States)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
OSTI Identifier:
22454499
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 07; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP07(2014)028; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:3266; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; COUPLINGS; DETECTION; GERMANIUM; ISOSPIN; NEUTRONS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PROTONS; WEAK INTERACTIONS; WIMPS; XENON

Citation Formats

Gelmini, Graciela B., Georgescu, Andreea, and Huh, Ji-Haeng. Direct detection of light “Ge-phobic” exothermic dark matter. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/07/028.
Gelmini, Graciela B., Georgescu, Andreea, & Huh, Ji-Haeng. Direct detection of light “Ge-phobic” exothermic dark matter. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/07/028.
Gelmini, Graciela B., Georgescu, Andreea, and Huh, Ji-Haeng. 2014. "Direct detection of light “Ge-phobic” exothermic dark matter". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/07/028.
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author = {Gelmini, Graciela B. and Georgescu, Andreea and Huh, Ji-Haeng},
abstractNote = {We present comparisons of direct dark matter (DM) detection data for light WIMPs with exothermic scattering with nuclei (exoDM), both assuming the Standard Halo Model (SHM) and in a halo model — independent manner. Exothermic interactions favor light targets, thus reducing the importance of upper limits derived from xenon targets, the most restrictive of which is at present the LUX limit. In our SHM analysis the CDMS-II-Si and CoGeNT regions become allowed by these bounds, however the recent SuperCDMS limit rejects both regions for exoDM with isospin-conserving couplings. An isospin-violating coupling of the exoDM, in particular one with a neutron to proton coupling ratio of −0.8 (which we call “Ge-phobic”), maximally reduces the DM coupling to germanium and allows the CDMS-II-Si region to become compatible with all bounds. This is also clearly shown in our halo-independent analysis.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2014/07/028},
journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
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