Anisotropic Cosmic-Ray Boosted Dark Matter

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The Suites Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea

The Suites Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea

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


Yu-Feng Zhou (ITP-CAS)


Light halo dark matter (DM) particles up-scattered by high-energy cosmic rays (referred to as CRDM) can be energetic and become detectable at conventional DM and neutrino experiments. We show that the CRDM flux has a novel and detectable morphological feature. Unlike most of the recently proposed boosted DM (BDM) models which predict azimuthally symmetric DM fluxes around the Galactic Center, the CRDM flux breaks the azimuthal symmetry significantly. Using cosmic-ray electron distribution in the whole Galaxy and optimized search region in the sky according to the morphology of the CRDM flux, we derive so far the most stringent constraints on the DM-electron scattering cross section from the Super-Kamiokande (SK) IV data, which improves the previous constraints from the SK-IV full-sky data by more than an order of magnitude. Based on the improved constraints, we predict that the azimuthal symmetry-breaking effect can be observed in the future Hyper-Kamiokande experiment at ∼3σ level.

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Yu-Feng Zhou (ITP-CAS)

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