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Title: Dark matter repulsion could thwart direct detection

Abstract

We consider a feeble repulsive interaction between ordinary matter and dark matter, with a range similar to or larger than the size of the Earth. Dark matter can thus be repelled from the Earth, leading to null results in direct detection experiments, regardless of the strength of the short-distance interactions of dark matter with atoms. Generically, such a repulsive force would not allow trapping of dark matter inside astronomical bodies. In this scenario, accelerator-based experiments may furnish the only robust signals of asymmetric dark matter models, which typically lack indirect signals from self-annihilation. Finally, some of the variants of our hypothesis are also briefly discussed.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1412735
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1409465
Report Number(s):
BNL-114556-2017-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; KA2401012; TRN: US1800334
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; dark matter; extensions of gauge sector; dark matter detectors; gravitation, cosmology & astrophysics

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Davoudiasl, Hooman. Dark matter repulsion could thwart direct detection. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.095019.
Davoudiasl, Hooman. Dark matter repulsion could thwart direct detection. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.095019.
Davoudiasl, Hooman. Mon . "Dark matter repulsion could thwart direct detection". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.095019. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1412735.
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abstractNote = {We consider a feeble repulsive interaction between ordinary matter and dark matter, with a range similar to or larger than the size of the Earth. Dark matter can thus be repelled from the Earth, leading to null results in direct detection experiments, regardless of the strength of the short-distance interactions of dark matter with atoms. Generically, such a repulsive force would not allow trapping of dark matter inside astronomical bodies. In this scenario, accelerator-based experiments may furnish the only robust signals of asymmetric dark matter models, which typically lack indirect signals from self-annihilation. Finally, some of the variants of our hypothesis are also briefly discussed.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.96.095019},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 9,
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place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {11}
}

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