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Title: Dark matter with topological defects in the Inert Doublet Model

We examine the production of dark matter by decaying topological defects in the high mass region m{sub DM}≫m{sub W} of the Inert Doublet Model, extended with an extra U(1) gauge symmetry. The density of dark matter states (the neutral Higgs states of the inert doublet) is determined by the interplay of the freeze-out mechanism and the additional production of dark matter states from the decays of topological defects, in this case cosmic strings. These decays increase the predicted relic abundance compared to the standard freeze-out only case, and as a consequence the viable parameter space of the Inert Doublet Model can be widened substantially. In particular, for a given dark matter annihilation rate lower dark matter masses become viable. We investigate the allowed mass range taking into account constraints on the energy injection rate from the diffuse γ-ray background and Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, together with constraints on the dark matter properties coming from direct and indirect detection limits. For the Inert Doublet Model high-mass region, an inert Higgs mass as low as ∼200 GeV is permitted. There is also an upper limit on string mass per unit length, and hence the symmetry breaking scale, from the relic abundance in thismore » scenario. Depending on assumptions made about the string decays, the limits are in the range 10{sup 12} GeV to 10{sup 13} GeV.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex,Falmer Hill, Brighton, BN1 9QH (United Kingdom)
  2. (Finland)
  3. Department of Physics, Royal Holloway University of London,Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22454554
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2015; Journal Issue: 05; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP05(2015)048; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:10465; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Sponsoring Org:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ABUNDANCE; ANNIHILATION; GAUGE INVARIANCE; GEV RANGE; HIGGS BOSONS; HIGGS MODEL; LIMITING VALUES; MASS; MONOPOLES; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; SENSITIVITY; SYMMETRY BREAKING; TOPOLOGY