APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Takashi Toma (TUM)
Title: Alternative production mechanism of sterile neutrino dark matter
Date (JST): Wed, Jul 04, 2018, 13:30 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room A
Related File: 2046.pdf
Abstract: We consider a scenario where the dark matter candidate is a sterile neutrino with sizable self-interactions, described by a dimension-six operator, and with negligible interactions with the Standard Model. The relic abundance is set by the freeze-out of 4-to-2 annihilations in the dark sector plasma and reproduces the observed dark matter abundance when the sterile neutrino mass is in the range from 300 keV to 100 GeV. The feeble interactions with the Standard Model may lead to observable signals from dark matter decay. Furthermore, the self-interactions can affect the formation of small scale structures. We also implement this mechanism in a concrete model where the sterile neutrino self-interaction is due to the exchange of a singlet scalar, and we discuss the relevance of the scalar portal interactions for constructing a complete thermal history of the dark sector.