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Title: Probing dark matter self-interaction in the Sun with IceCube-PINGU

We study the capture, annihilation and evaporation of dark matter (DM) inside the Sun. It has been shown that the DM self-interaction can increase the DM number inside the Sun. We demonstrate that this enhancement becomes more significant in the regime of small DM mass, given a fixed DM self-interaction cross section. This leads to the enhancement of neutrino flux from DM annihilation. On the other hand, for DM mass as low as as a few GeVs, not only the DM-nuclei scatterings can cause the DM evaporation, DM self-interaction also provides non-negligible contributions to this effect. Consequently, the critical mass for DM evaporation (typically 3 ∼ 4 GeV without the DM self-interaction) can be slightly increased. We discuss the prospect of detecting DM self-interaction in IceCube-PINGU using the annihilation channels χχ → τ{sup +}τ{sup -}, νν-bar as examples. The PINGU sensitivities to DM self-interaction cross section σ{sub χχ} are estimated for track and cascade events.
Authors:
 [1] ; ; ;  [2]
  1. Physics Division, National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China)
  2. Institute of Physics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22375811
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; 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; ANNIHILATION; CAPTURE; CROSS SECTIONS; EVAPORATION; GEV RANGE; NEUTRINOS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; NUCLEI; PARTICLE TRACKS; SCATTERING; SENSITIVITY; SUN