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Neutrino constraints on the dark matter total annihilation cross section

Yüksel, Hasan and Horiuchi, Shunsaku and Beacom, John F. and Ando, Shin'ichiro (2007) Neutrino constraints on the dark matter total annihilation cross section. Physical Review D, 76 (12). Art. No. 123506. ISSN 2470-0010. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.76.123506.

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In the indirect detection of dark matter through its annihilation products, the signals depend on the square of the dark matter density, making precise knowledge of the distribution of dark matter in the Universe critical for robust predictions. Many studies have focused on regions where the dark matter density is greatest, e.g., the galactic center, as well as on the cosmic signal arising from all halos in the Universe. We focus on the signal arising from the whole Milky Way halo; this is less sensitive to uncertainties in the dark matter distribution, and especially for flatter profiles, this halo signal is larger than the cosmic signal. We illustrate this by considering a dark matter model in which the principal annihilation products are neutrinos. Since neutrinos are the least detectable standard model particles, a limit on their flux conservatively bounds the dark matter total self-annihilation cross section from above. By using the Milky Way halo signal, we show that previous constraints using the cosmic signal can be improved on by 1–2 orders of magnitude; dedicated experimental analyses should be able to improve both by an additional 1–2 orders of magnitude.

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Additional Information:©2007 The American Physical Society. (Received 12 July 2007; published 17 December 2007) We thank N. Bell, M. Kamionkowski, M. Kistler, G. Mack, E. Rozo, W. Wada, and C. Watson for helpful comments. H.Y. and J.F.B. are supported by NSF CAREER Grant No. PHY-0547102 to J.F.B., and by CCAPP at the Ohio State University. S.A. is supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
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