Searching for Sub-Gev Dark Matter at Fixed Target Neutrino Experiments

Date

2015

Authors

deNiverville, Patrick

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Publisher

Physics Procedia

Abstract

Low mass dark matter theories, if produced as a thermal relic in the early universe, must be accompanied by light mediators in order to obtain the dark matter abundance observed in the present day universe. These light mediators in turn provide a channel for the production of dark matter at fixed target neutrino experiments, producing a relativistic dark matter beam, which could then be detected by neutral-current-like interactions in neutrino detectors. We consider the possibility that fixed target neutrino experiments such as MiniBooNE and T2K could serve as a new dark matter search avenue, sensitive to sub-GeV dark matter scenarios that would be otherwise undetectable. These experiments are found to provide sensitivity to light stable states that could serve as viable candidates for particle dark matter.

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Keywords

dark matter, neutrino beam, thermal relic, hidden sector

Citation

deNiverville, P. (2015). Searching for Sub-Gev Dark Matter at Fixed Target Neutrino Experiments. Physics Procedia, 61, 55-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phpro.2014.12.010