Journal article

Plasma dark matter direct detection

JD Clarke, R Foot

JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Dark matter in spiral galaxies like the Milky Way may take the form of a dark plasma. Hidden sector dark matter charged under an unbroken U(1)′ gauge interaction provides a simple and well defined particle physics model realising this possibility. The assumed U(1)′ neutrality of the Universe then implies (at least) two oppositely charged dark matter components with self-interactions mediated via a massless "dark photon" (the U(1)′ gauge boson). In addition to nuclear recoils such dark matter can give rise to keV electron recoils in direct detection experiments. In this context, the detailed physical properties of the dark matter plasma interacting with the Earth is required. This is a comple..

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