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Title: THE SIGNATURES OF PARTICLE DECAY IN 21 cm ABSORPTION FROM THE FIRST MINIHALOS

The imprint of decaying dark matter (DM) particles on the characteristics of the {sup 2}1 cm forest{sup —}absorption at 21 cm from minihalos in the spectra of distant radio-loud sources—is considered within a one-dimensional, self-consistent hydrodynamic description of minihalos from their turnaround point to virialization. The most pronounced influence of decaying DM on the evolution of minihalos is found in the mass range M = 10{sup 5}-10{sup 6} M{sub ☉}, for which unstable DM with a current upper limit on its ionization rate of ξ{sub L} = 0.59 × 10{sup –25} s{sup –1} reduces the 21 cm optical depth by an order of magnitude compared with the standard recombination scenario. Even a rather modest ionization, ξ ∼ 0.3ξ{sub L}, practically erases absorption features and results in a considerable decrease (by factor of more than 2.5) of the number of strong (W{sub ν}{sup obs}∼>0.3 kHz at z ≅ 10) absorptions. In such circumstances, broadband observations are more suitable for inferring the physical conditions of the absorbing gas. X-ray photons from stellar activity of the initial episodes of star formation can compete with the contribution from decaying DM only at z < 10. Therefore, observing the 21 cm signal will allow usmore » to follow the evolution of decaying DM particles in the redshift range z = 10-15. On the other hand, a non-detection of the 21 cm signal in the frequency range ν < 140 MHz can establish a lower limit on the ionization rate from decaying DM.« less
Authors:
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  1. Southern Federal University, Stachki Avenue 194, Rostov-on-Don 344090 (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22270701
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 777; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABSORPTION SPECTRA; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COSMIC PHOTONS; COSMIC RADIO SOURCES; COSMOLOGY; IONIZATION; KHZ RANGE; MASS; MHZ RANGE; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; ONE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; PARTICLE DECAY; RECOMBINATION; RED SHIFT; STARS; STELLAR ACTIVITY; UNIVERSE