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Title: Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model

Abstract

We examine the production of dark matter by decaying topological defects in the high mass region m{sub DM} >> m{sub W} of the Inert Doublet Model, extended with an extra U(1) gauge symmetry. The density of dark matter states (the neutral Higgs states of the inert doublet) is determined by the interplay of the freeze-out mechanism and the additional production of dark matter states from the decays of topological defects, in this case cosmic strings. These decays increase the predicted relic abundance compared to the standard freeze-out only case, and as a consequence the viable parameter space of the Inert Doublet Model can be widened substantially. In particular, for a given dark matter annihilation rate lower dark matter masses become viable. We investigate the allowed mass range taking into account constraints on the energy injection rate from the diffuse γ-ray background and Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, together with constraints on the dark matter properties coming from direct and indirect detection limits. For the Inert Doublet Model high-mass region, an inert Higgs mass as low as ∼ 200 GeV is permitted. There is also an upper limit on string mass per unit length, and hence the symmetry breaking scale, from the relic abundance in thismore » scenario. Depending on assumptions made about the string decays, the limits are in the range 10{sup 12} GeV to 10{sup 13} GeV.« less

Authors:
;  [1];
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex, Falmer Hill, Brighton, BN1 9QH U.K. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22525814
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2015; Journal Issue: 05; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 1475-7516
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANNIHILATION; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DENSITY; FREEZING OUT; GAUGE INVARIANCE; GEV RANGE; HIGGS BOSONS; HIGGS MODEL; MASS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; SENSITIVITY; SPACE; STRING THEORY; SYMMETRY BREAKING; TOPOLOGY; U-1 GROUPS

Citation Formats

Hindmarsh, Mark, No, Jose Miguel, Kirk, Russell, and West, Stephen M., E-mail: m.b.hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: russell.kirk.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk, E-mail: J.M.No@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: stephen.west@rhul.ac.uk. Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/05/048.
Hindmarsh, Mark, No, Jose Miguel, Kirk, Russell, & West, Stephen M., E-mail: m.b.hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: russell.kirk.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk, E-mail: J.M.No@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: stephen.west@rhul.ac.uk. Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model. United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2015/05/048
Hindmarsh, Mark, No, Jose Miguel, Kirk, Russell, and West, Stephen M., E-mail: m.b.hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: russell.kirk.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk, E-mail: J.M.No@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: stephen.west@rhul.ac.uk. 2015. "Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model". United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2015/05/048.
@article{osti_22525814,
title = {Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model},
author = {Hindmarsh, Mark and No, Jose Miguel and Kirk, Russell and West, Stephen M., E-mail: m.b.hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: russell.kirk.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk, E-mail: J.M.No@sussex.ac.uk, E-mail: stephen.west@rhul.ac.uk},
abstractNote = {We examine the production of dark matter by decaying topological defects in the high mass region m{sub DM} >> m{sub W} of the Inert Doublet Model, extended with an extra U(1) gauge symmetry. The density of dark matter states (the neutral Higgs states of the inert doublet) is determined by the interplay of the freeze-out mechanism and the additional production of dark matter states from the decays of topological defects, in this case cosmic strings. These decays increase the predicted relic abundance compared to the standard freeze-out only case, and as a consequence the viable parameter space of the Inert Doublet Model can be widened substantially. In particular, for a given dark matter annihilation rate lower dark matter masses become viable. We investigate the allowed mass range taking into account constraints on the energy injection rate from the diffuse γ-ray background and Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, together with constraints on the dark matter properties coming from direct and indirect detection limits. For the Inert Doublet Model high-mass region, an inert Higgs mass as low as ∼ 200 GeV is permitted. There is also an upper limit on string mass per unit length, and hence the symmetry breaking scale, from the relic abundance in this scenario. Depending on assumptions made about the string decays, the limits are in the range 10{sup 12} GeV to 10{sup 13} GeV.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2015/05/048},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/22525814}, journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
issn = {1475-7516},
number = 05,
volume = 2015,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {5}
}