Jun 23 – 28, 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

Hypercharged Dark Matter and Direct Detection as a Probe of Reheating

Jun 27, 2014, 2:50 PM
Room 3 (Tuschinski Theatre)

Room 3

Tuschinski Theatre

Presentation Dark Matter Direct Detection Dark Matter: Direct Detection


Dr Brian Feldstein (University of Oxford)


Abstract: I will discuss the implications of hypercharged dark matter, which is a generic possibility which leads to very large scattering cross sections at direct detection experiments. In fact, current and planned experiments are probing masses for such particles up to an amazing $10^8-10^{10}$ GeV. If a detection were made, then the scattering rate would reveal the dark matter mass, and in turn an indirect measurement of the reheating temperature of the universe through its impact on the non-thermal dark matter relic abundance. Evidence that hypercharged dark matter were responsible for a signal could be obtained by comparing spectra at several experiments, without requiring any assumptions about the dark matter halo velocity distribution.

Primary author

Dr Brian Feldstein (University of Oxford)


Mr Felix Kahlhoefer (University of Oxford) Prof. Masahiro Ibe (Kavli IPMU, U. Tokyo ICRR) Prof. Tsutomu Yanagida (Kavli IPMU)

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