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Scope of self-interacting thermal WIMPs in a minimal U(1)(D) extension and its future prospects

Barman, Rahool Kumar and Bhattacherjee, Biplob and Chatterjee, Arindam and Choudhury, Arghya and Gupta, Aritra (2019) Scope of self-interacting thermal WIMPs in a minimal U(1)(D) extension and its future prospects. In: JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS (5).

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In this work we have considered a minimal extension of Standard Model by a local U(1) gauge group in order to accommodate a stable (fermionic) Dark Matter (DM) candidate. We have focussed on parameter regions where DM possesses adequate self-interaction, owing to the presence of a light scalar mediator (the dark Higgs), alleviating some of the tensions in the small-scale structures. We have studied the scenario in the light of a variety of data, mostly from dark matter direct searches, collider searches and flavor physics experiments, with an attempt to constrain the interactions of the standard model (SM) particles with the ones in the Dark Sector (DS). Assuming a small gauge kinetic mixing parameter, we find that for rather heavy DM the most stringent bound on the mixing angle of the Dark Higgs with the SM Higgs boson comes from dark matter direct detection experiments, while for lighter DM, LHC constraints become more relevant. Note that, due to the presence of very light mediators, the effective operator approach to the direct detection is inapplicable here and these constraints have been re-evaluated for our scenario. In addition, we find that the smallness of the relevant portal couplings, as dictated by data, critically suppress the viability of DM production by the standard ``freeze-out'' mechanism in such simplified scenarios. In particular, the viable DM masses are less than or similar to O(2) GeV i.e. in the regions where direct detection limits tend to become weak. For heavier DM with large self-interactions, we hence conclude that non-thermal production mechanisms are favored. Lastly, future collider reach of such a simplified scenario has also been studied in detail.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SPRINGER
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS
Keywords: Beyond Standard Model; Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM; Higgs Physics
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for High Energy Physics
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 20:14
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 04:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/63052

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