University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy


Bosonic super-WIMPs as keV-scale dark matter.


Maxim Pospelov (Victoria U. & Perimeter Inst. Theor. Phys.) , Adam Ritz (Victoria U.) , Mikhail B. Voloshin (Minnesota U) refereed and accepted by Physical Review D.

We consider models of light super-weakly interacting cold dark matter, with O(10) keV mass, focusing on bosonic candidates such as pseudoscalars and vectors. We analyze the cosmological abundance, the gamma-background created by particle decays, the impact on stellar processes due to cooling, and the direct detection capabilities in order to identify classes of models that pass all the constraints. In certain models, variants of photoelectric (or axioelectric) absorption of dark matter in direct-detection experiments can provide a sensitivity to the superweak couplings to the Standard Model which is superior to all existing indirect constraints. In all models studied, the annual modulation of the direct-detection signal is at the currently unobservable level of O(10^{-5}).

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