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Direct Detection of Dark Matter in Universal Bound States
February 26, 20153:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CDT)

Direct Detection of Dark Matter in Universal Bound States


Ranjan Laha (Stanford University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

We study the signatures for internal structure of dark matter in direct detection experiments in the context of asymmetric self-interacting dark matter. The self-interaction cross section of two dark matter particles at low energies is assumed to come close to saturating the S wave unitarity bound, which requires the presence of a resonance near their scattering threshold. The universality of S-wave nearthreshold resonances then implies that the low-energy scattering properties of a two-body bound state of dark matter particles are completely determined by its binding energy, irrespective of the underlying microphysics. The form factor for elastic scattering of the bound state from a nucleus and the possibility of breakup of the bound state produce new signatures in the nuclear recoil energy spectrum. If these features are observed in experiments, it will give a smokinggun signature for the internal structure of dark matter.

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