Mr
Francesco Dighera
(Technische Universitaet Muenchen)

30/09/2015, 14:00

We will discuss the relic density of TeV-scale wino-like neutralino dark matter in the pMSSM. We have recently developed a framework enabling us to compute the Sommerfeld enhanced relic density
in general pMSSM scenarios.
We will present the results of a thorough investigation of certain regions of parameter space, focusing in particular on departures from the well known pure wino scenario:...

Mr
Sebastian Wild
(TU München)

30/09/2015, 14:15

We propose a new method that allows to place an upper limit on the dark matter elastic scattering cross section with nucleons which is independent of the velocity distribution. Our approach combines null results from direct detection experiments with indirect searches at neutrino telescopes, and goes beyond previous attempts to remove astrophysical uncertainties in that it directly constrains...

Dr
William Shepherd
(Niels Bohr International Academy)

30/09/2015, 14:30

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

I present rigorous calculations of the constraints that perturbativity and unitarity apply to dark matter in the well-known portal scenarios. These provide the most stringent upper limit on dark matter mass in the thermal cosmology. I will also discuss the physics of dark matter bound states that can become important when the interactions of dark matter become so strong.

Dr
Christian Spethmann
(NICPB Tallinn)

30/09/2015, 14:45

While dark matter self-interactions may solve several problems with structure formation, so far only the effects of two-body scatterings of dark matter particles have been considered. We show that, if a subdominant component of dark matter is charged under an unbroken U(1) gauge group, collective dark plasma effects need to be taken into account to understand its dynamics. Plasma instabilities...

Mr
Ville Vaskonen
(University of Jyväskylä)

30/09/2015, 15:00

We consider a fermionic dark matter candidate interacting via a scalar mediator coupled with the Standard Model through a Higgs portal. Motivated by the core-cusp problem, we study dark matter self-interactions which lead us to the region of the parameter space where the scalar mediator is light. We illustrate the relevant features for dark matter abundance, direct search limits and collider...

Dr
Martin Krauss
(INFN - LNF (Frascati))

30/09/2015, 15:15

In the early Universe, any particle carrying a conserved quantum number and in chemical equilibrium with the thermal bath will unavoidably inherit a particle-antiparticle asymmetry. A new particle of this type, if stable, would represent a candidate for asymmetric dark matter (DM) with an asymmetry directly related to the baryon asymmetry. We study this possibility for a minimal DM sector...

Dr
Christian Gross
(Helsinki University)

30/09/2015, 15:30

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

I discuss the scenario of a dark U(1) or SU(N) gauge group coupled to the Standard Model via the Higgs portal. It turns out that minimal CP-conserving hidden Higgs sectors entail stable massive gauge fields which fall into the WIMP category of dark matter candidates. For SU(N), N>2, DM consists of three components, two of which are degenerate in mass. In all of the cases, there are substantial...

Dr
Masaki Asano
(Bonn University)

30/09/2015, 16:05

In composite Higgs scenario, interactions to generate the top Yukawa coupling provide the Higgs potential due to the explicit breaking of a global symmetry. However, such a scenario generically requires a little cancellation in the leading contribution in order to achieve the correct electroweak symmetry breaking with VEV = 246 GeV. We, instead, consider the possibility that the dark matter...

Dr
Hiren Patel
(Max-Planck-Institute fuer Kernphysik)

30/09/2015, 16:20

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

Recently, a new class of models beyond the standard model was proposed wherein the baryonic and leptonic currents separately source U(1) gauge fields. In this talk, I describe the two most minimal viable models known. In these models, the requirement of anomaly cancellation conditions automatically imply the existence of a stable Fermionic dark matter candidate. In addition to dark matter...

Mr
Sofiane Boucenna
(LNF-INFN)

30/09/2015, 16:35

I will present a new model of dark matter where the candidate arises from a fermionic 10 representation of SO(10) Grand unified theory. Stability follows from the gauge structure itself, and the low energy dark matter phenomenology is that of a TeV-scale left-right model augmented by a fermion bi-doublet.

Dr
Xiaoping Wang
(Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

30/09/2015, 16:50

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

We show that the event excess observed by the IceCube collaboration at TeV–PeV energies, usually interpreted as evidence for astrophysical neutrinos, can be explained alternatively by the scattering of highly boosted dark matter particles. Specifically, we consider a scenario where a ~ 4 PeV scalar dark matter particle φ can decay to a much lighter dark fermion χ, which in turn scatters off...

Ms
Annika Reinert
(Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics, Bonn)

30/09/2015, 17:05

One aim of cosmic ray measurements is to search for possible signatures of annihilating or decaying dark matter. The excess of positrons measured at the top of the atmosphere has attracted a lot of attention in this context. On the other hand it has been proposed that the data might challenge the established diffusion model for cosmic ray propagation. We investigate variations in the diffusion...

Dr
Juri Smirnov
(Max Planck Institute fuer Kernphysik)

30/09/2015, 17:20

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

The detection of gamma lines from dark matter annihilation has been seen as a "smoking gun" signature for the existence of dark matter.
However, it turns out that this signature if far from being a generic feature of dark matter models. In fact in most models tree level annihilation to Standard Model particles and Final State Radiation off them leads to a gamma ray continuum which makes the...

Sebastian Ingenhütt
(Technische Universität München)

30/09/2015, 17:35

We consider scenarios where the dark matter becomes unstable due to a non-minimal coupling to gravity. We show that the dark matter can decay into Standard Model particles with a lifetime which is potentially accessible to gamma-ray or neutrino telescopes. We determine the decay branching fractions in some simple scenarios and we set limits on the size of the dark matter non-minimal coupling...

Tanja Geib
(Max Planck Insitute for Physics (Munich))

01/10/2015, 14:00

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

Apart from naturally explaining their smallness, models in which neutrino masses are generated only at the loop level are particularly interesting as they often contain electrically charged scalar fields. These additional particles contribute in particular to lepton flavour and/or number violating processes, like mu -> e gamma or neutrinoless double beta decay. On the other hand, at LHC new...

Mr
Maximilian Totzauer
(Max-Planck-Institute for Physics)

01/10/2015, 14:15

Sterile neutrinos in the keV range are among the most promising
candidates for dark matter. We investigate in detail a model that
extends the Standard Model by a scalar singlet S and sterile
neutrinos N_i.
The scalar couples to the Standard Model via a Higgs portal
coupling, the size of which determines whether or not the scalar
singlet S enters thermal equilibrium in the early Universe....

Mr
Andreas Trautner
(TU München)

01/10/2015, 14:30

I will discuss that for Dirac neutrinos there could, in addition to the standard thermal cosmic neutrino background (CνB),
also exist a non–thermal neutrino background with comparable number density.
Today's relic density of the non–thermal background can be as large as 0.5*n_gamma.
It is constrained by the observational limits on the effective number of massless degrees of freedoms, N_eff,...

Mr
Marc Sangel
(Universität Bielefeld)

01/10/2015, 15:00

Susceptibilities of conserved charges such as baryon minus lepton
number enter baryogenesis computations, since they provide the relationship
between conserved charges and chemical potentials. Their next-to-leading
order corrections are of order $ g $, where $ g $ is a
generic Standard Model coupling. They are due
to soft Higgs boson exchange, and have been calculated recently,...

Mr
Masaki Yamada
(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo)

01/10/2015, 15:15

We investigate the Affleck-Dine baryogenesis after D-term inflation with a positive Hubble-induced mass term for a B-L flat direction. It stays at a large field value during D-term inflation, and just after inflation ends it starts to oscillate around the origin of the potential due to the positive Hubble-induced mass term. The phase direction is kicked by higher-dimensional Kahler potentials...

Dr
Shintaro Eijima
(EPFL)

01/10/2015, 15:30

The nuMSM is the Standard Model extended by three right-handed neutrinos with Majorana masses below the electroweak scale. The lightest of them is a candidate of dark matter, which is known as sterile neutrino dark matter. Other two heavier particles with quasi-degenerate masses of O(1) GeV are responsible to explain the masses of ordinary neutrinos and baryon asymmetry of the universe...

Mr
Toby Opferkuch
(University Bonn)

01/10/2015, 16:05

The Peccei-Quinn (PQ) mechanism provides an elegant solution to the strong CP problem. However astrophysical constraints on axions require the PQ breaking scale to be far higher than the electroweak scale. In supersymmetric models the PQ symmetry can be broken at an acceptable scale if the effective potential for the pseudo-modulus in the axion multiplet develops a minimum at large enough...

Mr
Benedict Broy
(Deutsches Elektron-Synchrotron DESY)

01/10/2015, 16:20

Both WMAP and PLANCK have hinted at a slight suppression of power in the CMB temperature spectrum at large angular scales. Yet this power loss is usually unaccounted for by models that are claimed to provide a best fit to the data at first order, such as the Starobinsky f(R) model. In a first step, we demonstrate how to obtain a viable observational signature in f(R) theory by explicitly...

Dr
Felix Kahlhoefer
(DESY)

01/10/2015, 16:35

I will discuss the idea to combine singlet inflation and Higgs Portal Dark Matter in such a way that the same particle (a gauge singlet scalar) first drives inflation and later freezes out to become cold dark matter. Considering the implications of the Higgs discovery, limits from LUX and observations by Planck, I will show that large regions of parameter space remain viable but will be fully...

Laura Sagunski
(DESY Hamburg)

01/10/2015, 16:50

We derive a non-perturbative equation for the large scale structure power spectrum of long-wavelength modes. We use an operator product expansion together with relations between the three-point function and power spectrum in the soft limit. The resulting equation encodes the coupling to ultraviolet (UV) modes in two time-dependent coefficients, which may be obtained from
response functions to...

Mr
Ken'ichi Saikawa
(Tokyo Institute of Technology)

01/10/2015, 17:05

The next-to-minimal supersymmetric standard model (NMSSM) is a possible extension of the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) that introduces an additional gauge singlet superfield to solve the mu-problem of the MSSM. In this model there exists a discrete Z_3 symmetry, which can be spontaneously broken in the early universe leading to the formation of domain walls. In this work, we...

Mr
Simone Dresti
(Georg-August University Göttingen)

01/10/2015, 17:20

By considering a Quantum Field Theory with time-dependent backgrounds the time-translational symmetry of the Lagrangian may be broken. In my talk I would like to discuss renormalization in curved spacetime using the CTP formalism. In particular, I will show the results for simple diagrams, where explicit calculations are still possible. Connections with the renormalization as an extension of...

Mr
Tommi Tenkanen
(University of Helsinki and Helsinki Institute of Physics)

01/10/2015, 17:35

Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

We show that dark matter abundance and the inflationary scale could be intimately related. Standard Model extensions with Higgs mediated couplings to new physics typically contain extra scalars whose excursions at the end of inflation can be very large.
If their coupling to the Standard Model is weak, they will not thermalize and may easily constitute too much dark matter reminiscent to the...