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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)

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Events on Friday, February 4th, 2022

Maximizing Direct Detection with HYPER Dark Matter
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Chamberlin 5280
Speaker: Robert Mcgehee, University of Michigan
Abstract: In this talk, we estimate the maximum direct detection cross section for sub-GeV dark matter scattering off nucleons. For dark matter masses in the range of 10 keV − 100 MeV, cross sections greater than 10^(−36) - 10^(−30) cm^2 seem implausible. We introduce a dark matter candidate which realizes this maximum cross section: HighlY interactive ParticlE Relics (HYPERs). After HYPERs freeze-in, a dark sector phase transition decreases the mass of the mediator which connects HYPERs to the visible sector. This increases the HYPER’s direct detection cross section, but in such a way as to leave the HYPER’s abundance unaffected and avoid conflict with measurements of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and the Cosmic Microwave Background. HYPERs present a benchmark for direct detection experiments in a parameter space with few known dark matter models.
Host: George Wojcik
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