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Dark matter substructures affect dark matter-electron scattering in xenon-based direct detection experiments

Maity, Tarak Nath and Laha, Ranjan (2023) Dark matter substructures affect dark matter-electron scattering in xenon-based direct detection experiments. In: Journal of High Energy Physics, 2023 (2).

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Official URL: https://10.1007/JHEP02(2023)200


Recent sky surveys have discovered a large number of stellar substructures. It is highly likely that there are dark matter (DM) counterparts to these stellar substructures. We examine the implications of DM substructures for electron recoil (ER) direct detection (DD) rates in dual phase xenon experiments. We have utilized the results of the LAMOST survey and considered a few benchmark substructures in our analysis. Assuming that these substructures constitute 10 of the local DM density, we study the discovery limits of DM-electron scattering cross sections considering one kg-year exposure and 1, 2, and 3 electron thresholds. With this exposure and threshold, it is possible to observe the effect of the considered DM substructure for the currently allowed parameter space. We also explore the sensitivity of these experiments in resolving the DM substructure fraction. For all the considered cases, we observe that DM having mass O(10) MeV has a better prospect in resolving substructure fraction as compared to O(100) MeV scale DM. We also find that within the currently allowed DM-electron scattering cross-section; these experiments can resolve the substructure fraction (provided it has a non-negligible contribution to the local DM density) with good accuracy for O(10) MeV DM mass with one electron threshold. © 2023, The Author(s).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of High Energy Physics
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: Early Universe Particle Physics; Particle Nature of Dark Matter
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for High Energy Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2023 10:05
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2023 10:05
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/80922

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