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Title: A 3.55 keV line from DM →a→γ: predictions for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters

Abstract

We further study a scenario in which a 3.55 keV X-ray line arises from decay of dark matter to an axion-like particle (ALP), that subsequently converts to a photon in astrophysical magnetic fields. We perform numerical simulations of Gaussian random magnetic fields with radial scaling of the magnetic field magnitude with the electron density, for both cool-core 'Perseus' and non-cool-core 'Coma' electron density profiles. Using these, we quantitatively study the resulting signal strength and morphology for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters. Our study includes the effects of fields of view that cover only the central part of the cluster, the effects of offset pointings on the radial decline of signal strength and the effects of dividing clusters into annuli. We find good agreement with current data and make predictions for future analyses and observations.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, 1 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3NP (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
OSTI Identifier:
22454508
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2015; Journal Issue: 01; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP01(2015)019; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:8769; 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); Journal ID: ISSN 1475-7516
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ASTROPHYSICS; AXIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; ELECTRON DENSITY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MORPHOLOGY; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PHOTONS; SIGNALS; X RADIATION

Citation Formats

Conlon, Joseph P., and Powell, Andrew J. A 3.55 keV line from DM →a→γ: predictions for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/01/019.
Conlon, Joseph P., & Powell, Andrew J. A 3.55 keV line from DM →a→γ: predictions for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/01/019.
Conlon, Joseph P., and Powell, Andrew J. Tue . "A 3.55 keV line from DM →a→γ: predictions for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/01/019.
@article{osti_22454508,
title = {A 3.55 keV line from DM →a→γ: predictions for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters},
author = {Conlon, Joseph P. and Powell, Andrew J.},
abstractNote = {We further study a scenario in which a 3.55 keV X-ray line arises from decay of dark matter to an axion-like particle (ALP), that subsequently converts to a photon in astrophysical magnetic fields. We perform numerical simulations of Gaussian random magnetic fields with radial scaling of the magnetic field magnitude with the electron density, for both cool-core 'Perseus' and non-cool-core 'Coma' electron density profiles. Using these, we quantitatively study the resulting signal strength and morphology for cool-core and non-cool-core clusters. Our study includes the effects of fields of view that cover only the central part of the cluster, the effects of offset pointings on the radial decline of signal strength and the effects of dividing clusters into annuli. We find good agreement with current data and make predictions for future analyses and observations.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2015/01/019},
journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
issn = {1475-7516},
number = 01,
volume = 2015,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {1}
}