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Title: Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of dark matter scattering off light nuclei

Abstract

We compute the matrix elements for elastic scattering of dark matter (DM) particles off light nuclei (2H, 3H, 3He, 4He, and 6Li ) using quantum Monte Carlo methods. We focus on scalar-mediated DM-nucleus interactions and use scalar currents obtained to next-to-leading order in chiral effective theory. The nuclear ground states are obtained from a phenomenological nuclear Hamiltonian that includes the Argonne v18 two-body interaction and the three-body Urbana IX interaction. Within this approach, we study the impact of one- and two-body currents and discuss the size of nuclear uncertainties, including for the first time two-body effects in A = 4 and A = 6 systems. Lastly, our results provide the nuclear structure input needed to assess the sensitivity of future experimental searches of (light) dark matter using light nuclei, such as 3Heand 4He .

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [2];  [3]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Univ. of Trento, Trento (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Trento Inst. for Fundamental Physics and Applications (INFN-TIFPA), Trento (Italy)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of Trento, Trento (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Trento Inst. for Fundamental Physics and Applications (INFN-TIFPA), Trento (Italy)
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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
OSTI Identifier:
1511618
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1493970
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-30452
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985; PRVCAN
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001; AC52-06NA25396; AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Andreoli, Lorenzo, Cirigliano, Vincenzo, Gandolfi, Stefano, and Pederiva, Francesco. Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of dark matter scattering off light nuclei. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.025501.
Andreoli, Lorenzo, Cirigliano, Vincenzo, Gandolfi, Stefano, & Pederiva, Francesco. Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of dark matter scattering off light nuclei. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.025501.
Andreoli, Lorenzo, Cirigliano, Vincenzo, Gandolfi, Stefano, and Pederiva, Francesco. Fri . "Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of dark matter scattering off light nuclei". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.025501. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1511618.
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title = {Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of dark matter scattering off light nuclei},
author = {Andreoli, Lorenzo and Cirigliano, Vincenzo and Gandolfi, Stefano and Pederiva, Francesco},
abstractNote = {We compute the matrix elements for elastic scattering of dark matter (DM) particles off light nuclei (2H, 3H, 3He, 4He, and 6Li ) using quantum Monte Carlo methods. We focus on scalar-mediated DM-nucleus interactions and use scalar currents obtained to next-to-leading order in chiral effective theory. The nuclear ground states are obtained from a phenomenological nuclear Hamiltonian that includes the Argonne v18 two-body interaction and the three-body Urbana IX interaction. Within this approach, we study the impact of one- and two-body currents and discuss the size of nuclear uncertainties, including for the first time two-body effects in A = 4 and A = 6 systems. Lastly, our results provide the nuclear structure input needed to assess the sensitivity of future experimental searches of (light) dark matter using light nuclei, such as 3Heand 4He .},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevC.99.025501},
journal = {Physical Review C},
number = 2,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {2}
}

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