23-28 June 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

Simple steps to analyse direct detection experiments without halo uncertainties

Jun 23, 2014, 3:35 PM
Room 5 (Tuschinski Theatre)

Room 5

Tuschinski Theatre

Dark Matter Direct Detection Dark Matter: Direct Detection


Felix Kahlhoefer (University of Oxford)


Uncertainty in the local dark matter velocity distribution is a key difficulty in the analysis of data from direct detection experiments. In my talk, I will propose a completely new approach for dealing with this uncertainty, which does not involve any assumptions about the structure of the dark matter halo. Given a dark matter model, this approach yields the velocity distribution which best describes a set of direct detection data as a finite sum of streams with optimized speeds and densities. The method is conceptually simple and numerically very efficient. As a possible application I will discuss how to use the method to determining the ratio of proton to neutron couplings of dark matter from a hypothetical set of future data.

Primary author

Felix Kahlhoefer (University of Oxford)


Dr Brian Feldstein (University of Oxford)

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