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Title: The coannihilation codex

Abstract

We present a general classification of simplified models that lead to dark matter (DM) coannihilation processes of the form DM + X → SM 1 + SM 2, where X is a coannihilation partner for the DM particle and SM 1, SM 2 are Standard Model fields. Our classification also encompasses regular DM pair annihilation scenarios if DM and X are identical. Each coannhilation scenario motivates the introduction of a mediating particle M that can either belong to the Standard Model or be a new field, whereby the resulting interactions between the dark sector and the Standard Model are realized as tree-level and dimension-four couplings. We construct a basis of coannihilation models, classified by the SU(3) C × SU(2) L × U(1) Y quantum numbers of DM, X and M. Our main assumptions are that dark matter is an electrically neutral color singlet and that all new particles are either scalars, Dirac or Majorana fermions, or vectors. We illustrate how new scenarios arising from electroweak symmetry breaking effects can be connected to our electroweak symmetric simplified models. We offer a comprehensive discussion of the phenomenological features of our models, encompassing the physics of thermal freeze-out, direct and indirect detection constraints,more » and in particular searches at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Many novel signatures that are not covered in current LHC searches are emphasized, and new and improved LHC analyses tackling these signatures are proposed. We discuss how the coannihilation simplified models can be used to connect results from all classes of experiments in a straightforward and transparent way. This point is illustrated with a detailed discussion of the phenomenology of a particular simplified model featuring leptoquark-mediated dark matter coannihilation.« less

Authors:
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  1. Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany). PRISMA Cluster of Excellence and Mainz Inst. for Theoretical Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1542103
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2015; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher:
Springer Berlin
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Phenomenological Models; Hadronic Colliders

Citation Formats

Baker, Michael J., Brod, Joachim, El Hedri, Sonia, Kaminska, Anna, Kopp, Joachim, Liu, Jia, Thamm, Andrea, de Vries, Maikel, Wang, Xiao -Ping, Yu, Felix, and Zurita, José. The coannihilation codex. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)120.
Baker, Michael J., Brod, Joachim, El Hedri, Sonia, Kaminska, Anna, Kopp, Joachim, Liu, Jia, Thamm, Andrea, de Vries, Maikel, Wang, Xiao -Ping, Yu, Felix, & Zurita, José. The coannihilation codex. United States. doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)120.
Baker, Michael J., Brod, Joachim, El Hedri, Sonia, Kaminska, Anna, Kopp, Joachim, Liu, Jia, Thamm, Andrea, de Vries, Maikel, Wang, Xiao -Ping, Yu, Felix, and Zurita, José. Thu . "The coannihilation codex". United States. doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2015)120. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1542103.
@article{osti_1542103,
title = {The coannihilation codex},
author = {Baker, Michael J. and Brod, Joachim and El Hedri, Sonia and Kaminska, Anna and Kopp, Joachim and Liu, Jia and Thamm, Andrea and de Vries, Maikel and Wang, Xiao -Ping and Yu, Felix and Zurita, José},
abstractNote = {We present a general classification of simplified models that lead to dark matter (DM) coannihilation processes of the form DM + X → SM1 + SM2, where X is a coannihilation partner for the DM particle and SM1, SM2 are Standard Model fields. Our classification also encompasses regular DM pair annihilation scenarios if DM and X are identical. Each coannhilation scenario motivates the introduction of a mediating particle M that can either belong to the Standard Model or be a new field, whereby the resulting interactions between the dark sector and the Standard Model are realized as tree-level and dimension-four couplings. We construct a basis of coannihilation models, classified by the SU(3)C × SU(2)L × U(1)Y quantum numbers of DM, X and M. Our main assumptions are that dark matter is an electrically neutral color singlet and that all new particles are either scalars, Dirac or Majorana fermions, or vectors. We illustrate how new scenarios arising from electroweak symmetry breaking effects can be connected to our electroweak symmetric simplified models. We offer a comprehensive discussion of the phenomenological features of our models, encompassing the physics of thermal freeze-out, direct and indirect detection constraints, and in particular searches at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Many novel signatures that are not covered in current LHC searches are emphasized, and new and improved LHC analyses tackling these signatures are proposed. We discuss how the coannihilation simplified models can be used to connect results from all classes of experiments in a straightforward and transparent way. This point is illustrated with a detailed discussion of the phenomenology of a particular simplified model featuring leptoquark-mediated dark matter coannihilation.},
doi = {10.1007/JHEP12(2015)120},
journal = {Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)},
number = 12,
volume = 2015,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {12}
}

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