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Title: Exothermic double-disk dark matter

If a subdominant component of dark matter (DM) interacts via long-range dark force carriers it may cool and collapse to form complex structures within the Milky Way galaxy, such as a rotating dark disk. This scenario was proposed recently and termed ''Double-Disk Dark Matter'' (DDDM). In this paper we consider the possibility that DDDM remains in a cosmologically long-lived excited state and can scatter exothermically on nuclei (ExoDDDM). We investigate the current status of ExoDDDM direct detection and find that ExoDDDM can readily explain the recently announced ∼ 3σ excess observed at CDMS-Si, with almost all of the 90% best-fit parameter space in complete consistency with limits from other experiments, including XENON10 and XENON100. In the absence of isospin-dependent couplings, this consistency requires light DM with mass typically in the 5-15 GeV range. The hypothesis of ExoDDDM can be tested in direct detection experiments through its peaked recoil spectra, reduced annual modulation amplitude, and, in some cases, its novel time-dependence. We also discuss future direct detection prospects and additional indirect constraints from colliders and solar capture of ExoDDDM. As theoretical proof-of-principle, we combine the features of exothermic DM models and DDDM models to construct a complete model of ExoDDDM, exhibitingmore » all the required properties.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 02139 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22369962
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2013; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; AMPLITUDES; CAPTURE; DETECTION; EXCITED STATES; GEV RANGE 01-10; HYPOTHESIS; ISOSPIN; LIMITING VALUES; MASS; MILKY WAY; MODULATION; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; NUCLEI; SPECTRA; TIME DEPENDENCE