Journal article

Implications of the DAMA and CRESST experiments for mirror matter-type dark matter

R Foot

PHYSICAL REVIEW D | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2004

Abstract

Mirror atoms are expected to be a significant component of the galactic dark matter halo if mirror matter is identified with the nonbaryonic dark matter in the Universe. Mirror matter can interact with ordinary matter via gravity and via the photon-mirror photon kinetic mixing interaction—causing mirror charged particles to couple to ordinary photons with an effective electric charge [Formula Presented] This means that the nuclei of mirror atoms can elastically scatter off the nuclei of ordinary atoms, leading to nuclear recoils, which can be detected in existing dark matter experiments. We show that the dark matter experiments most sensitive to this type of dark matter candidate (via the nu..

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