Sep 12 – 16, 2016
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Dark Gamma Ray Bursts

Sep 16, 2016, 3:40 PM
6/2-024 - BE Auditorium Meyrin (CERN)

6/2-024 - BE Auditorium Meyrin


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Oral Contributions Dark matter (indirect detection) Dark matter (indirect detection)


Jia Liu (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)


It is well known that a star can capture dark matter (DM) particles, which
condense close to its center and eventually annihilate. In this work, we
trace capture, evaporation and annihilation rates
throughout the life of a massive star and show that it culminates in an
intense annihilation burst coincident with the death of the star in a core
collapse supernova. The reason is that, along with the stellar interior,
also its DM core heats up and contracts, so that the DM density
increases rapidly during the final stages of stellar evolution.
We argue that, somewhat counter-intuitively, the annihilation burst is more
intense if DM annihilation is a $p$-wave process than for $s$-wave annihilation.
If among the DM annihilation products are particles like dark photons
that can escape the exploding star and decay to Standard Model particles later,
the annihilation burst results in a flash of gamma rays accompanying the supernova.
For a galactic supernova, this ``dark gamma ray burst'' may be observable
in Fermi-LAT, H.E.S.S. or CTA.

Primary authors

Jia Liu (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) Joachim Kopp (Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz (DE))

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