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Sep 27 – 30, 2016
DESY Hamburg
Europe/Berlin timezone

Can massive primordial black holes be the dark matter?

Sep 28, 2016, 2:15 PM
Seminar room 2 (DESY Hamburg)

Seminar room 2

DESY Hamburg

Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg
Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics Parallel Session: Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics


Dr Sebatien Clesse (RWTH Aachen University)


The recent detection by Advanced LIGO of gravitational waves (GW) from the merging of a binary black hole system sets new limits on the merging rates of massive primordial black holes (PBH) that could be identified to the dark matter in the Universe. If PBH are regrouped in clusters with a similar density to the one observed in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies, merging rates are comparable to aLIGO expectations. Massive PBH dark matter predicts the existence of thousands of those dwarf galaxies where star formation is unlikely because of gas accretion onto PBH, which would possibly provide a solution to the missing satellite and too-big-to-fail problems. Such PBH could be produced in the early Universe, due to the collapse of large density fluctuations generated during a phase of hybrid inflation. A model easily embedded in high-energy frameworks such as supersymmetry. aLIGO and future GW antennas could be able measure the abundance and mass distribution of PBH in the range 5 - 200 solar masses to 10% accuracy, which could help to reveal their nature, with profound implications for cosmology and high energy physics.

Primary author

Dr Sebatien Clesse (RWTH Aachen University)


Prof. Juan Garcia-Bellido (IFT Madrid)

Presentation materials