from September 29, 2015 to October 2, 2015
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DESY Hamburg - Seminar room 2
Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

Cosmic Inflation as a probe to Dark Matter properties


  • Mr. Tommi TENKANEN

Primary authors


Abstract content

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 moduli problem. As an example we consider Standard Model extended by real singlet scalar, and also by a singlet fermion. We discuss the field dynamics during inflation together with the post-inflationary dark matter production mechanisms and derive stringent constraints on viable mass scales and coupling values.

The found connection between primordial tensor perturbations and observed dark matter abundance may therefore provide an interesting new probe on dark matter properties in the near future.