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Minimal dark matter: model and results


We recap the main features of minimal dark matter (MDM) and assess its status in the light of recent experimental data. The theory selects an electroweak 5-plet with hypercharge Y = 0 as a fully successful DM candidate, automatically stable against decay and with no free parameters: DM is a fermion with a 9.6 TeV mass. The direct detection cross-section, predicted to be 10−44 cm2, is within reach of next-generation experiments. DM is accompanied by a charged fermion 166MeV heavier: we discuss how it might manifest. Thanks to an electroweak Sommerfeld enhancement of more than 2 orders of magnitude, DM annihilations into W+W− give, in the presence of a modest astrophysical boost factor, an e+ flux compatible with the PAMELA excess (but not with the ATIC hint for a peak: MDM instead predicts a quasi-power-law spectrum), a ¯p flux concentrated at energies above 100 GeV, and photon fluxes comparable with present limits, depending on the DM density profile.
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cea-00447486 , version 1 (15-01-2010)



Marco Cirelli, Alessandro Strumia. Minimal dark matter: model and results. New Journal of Physics, 2009, 11, pp.105005. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/11/10/105005⟩. ⟨cea-00447486⟩
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