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Title: Stealth Dark Matter: Dark scalar baryons through the Higgs portal

We present a new model of "Stealth Dark Matter": a composite baryonic scalar of an SU(N D) strongly coupled theory with even N D ≥ 4. All mass scales are technically natural, and dark matter stability is automatic without imposing an additional discrete or global symmetry. Constituent fermions transform in vectorlike representations of the electroweak group that permit both electroweak-breaking and electroweak-preserving mass terms. This gives a tunable coupling of stealth dark matter to the Higgs boson independent of the dark matter mass itself. We specialize to SU(4), and investigate the constraints on the model from dark meson decay, electroweak precision measurements, basic collider limits, and spin-independent direct detection scattering through Higgs exchange. We exploit our earlier lattice simulations that determined the composite spectrum as well as the effective Higgs coupling of stealth dark matter in order to place bounds from direct detection, excluding constituent fermions with dominantly electroweak-breaking masses. A lower bound on the dark baryon mass m B ≳ 300 GeV is obtained from the indirect requirement that the lightest dark meson not be observable at LEP II. Furthermore, we briefly survey some intriguing properties of stealth dark matter that are worthy of future study, including collider studiesmore » of dark meson production and decay; indirect detection signals from annihilation; relic abundance estimates for both symmetric and asymmetric mechanisms; and direct detection through electromagnetic polarizability, a detailed study of which will appear in a companion paper.« less
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  1. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  2. Boston Univ., Boston, MA (United States)
  3. Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle, WA (United States)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  5. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
  6. Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (United States)
  7. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  8. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  9. Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, NY (United States)
  10. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998; PRVDAQ; TRN: US1600959
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344; SC0008669; SC0009998; SC0010025; FG02-92ER40704; SC0011640; FG02-00ER41132; AC02-06CH11357; SC0012704; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States