19-21 September 2023
Europe/Berlin timezone

Probing Dark Matter-Proton Interactions with Cosmic Reservoirs

21 Sep 2023, 12:00
Nachrichtentechnik-Hörsaal (NTI) (KIT)

Nachrichtentechnik-Hörsaal (NTI)


Engesserstraße 5, 76131 Karlsruhe


Marco Chianese (University of Naples Federico II)


Dark Matter (DM) existence is a milestone of the cosmological standard model and, yet, its discovery still remains a complete conundrum. In this talk, I will investigate a unique and original way to probe properties of light dark matter candidates, exploiting the nature of the cosmic-ray (CR) transport inside starburst nuclei (SBNs). Indeed, SBNs are considered CR reservoirs, trapping them for $\sim 10^5$ years up to about PeVs energies, leading to copious production of gamma-rays and neutrinos. As a result, interactions between DM and protons might indelibly change CR transport in these galaxies, perturbing the gamma-rays and neutrino production. I will show that current gamma-ray observations pose strict limits on the elastic cross section down to $\sigma_{\chi p} \simeq 10^{-34}~{\rm cm^-2}$ for DM masses $m_\chi \leq 10^{-3}~{\rm MeV}$ and that they have considerable room for improvement with the future gamma-ray measurements in the 0.1-10 TeV range from the Cherenkov Telescope Array.

Primary author

Marco Chianese (University of Naples Federico II)

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