Dark Matter Capture, Multiple Scattering and Thermalsation in Compact Stars

Nov 15, 2023, 2:30 PM
30m
The Suites Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea

The Suites Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea

67 Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, 특별자치도, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Speaker

Giorgio Busoni (The Australian National University)

Description

Dark Matter candidates with cross sections as tiny as can be captured efficiently in compact stars, like Neutron Stars and White Dwarfs. The collisions to capture Dark Matter would heat the star, raising its equilibrium temperature, around 2000K for a NS. Thus, observation of old and cold NS that should have reached equilibrium can be used to set constraints on the capture cross section. In this talk, I present the formalism to calculate capture rates in NS and WD in the optically thin and optically thick regimes, and the limits on the DM-nucleuon cross section that one could infer from non-observation. We use a similar formalism to calculate the thermalisation time in both NS and WD, and we use this to discuss for which operators DM can be expected to be in thermal equilubrium and/or in Capture-Annihilation equilibrium.

Primary author

Giorgio Busoni (The Australian National University)

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