5 years ago

Searching for Secluded Dark Matter with H.E.S.S., Fermi-LAT, and Planck.

Joseph Silk, Farinaldo S. Queiroz, Clarissa Siqueira, Stefano Profumo

Short-lived mediators are often used to describe dark matter interactions with Standard Model particles. When the dark matter mass is heavier than the mediator's, it may self-annihilate into short-lived mediators, and in some cases, this might be the dominant annihilation channel. This scenario is known as secluded dark matter. We use Fermi-LAT observations of dwarf spheroidal galaxies, H.E.S.S. data from the Galactic center, and Planck measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background to constrain secluded dark matter. We explore the interplay between these experiments and we assess the impact of the mediator mass on our bounds, an often overlooked yet very important point. In particular, we exclude pair -annihilation cross section greater or on the order of $\sigma v \sim 4 \times 10^{-27} {\rm cm^3/s}$ for dark matter masses around $10$ GeV and greater or on the order of $\sigma v \sim 3 \times 10^{-25} {\rm cm^3/s}$ for dark matter masses around the TeV. Our findings supersede previous constraints which use Fermi-LAT data, they constitute the first limits on secluded dark sectors using the H.E.S.S. telescope. We also show that one can fit TeV gamma-ray observations from the H.E.S.S. telescope with secluded dark matter annihilation, with the mediator mass impacting the best-fit dark matter particle mass. Our findings indicate that any assessment of secluded dark sectors in the context of indirect detection significantly depends on the choice of the mediator mass.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03133

DOI: arXiv:1711.03133v1

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