We compare the measured angular cross-correlation between the Fermi-Large Area Telescope gamma-ray sky and catalogs of extragalactic objects with the expected signal induced by weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter (DM). We include a detailed description of the contribution of astrophysical gamma-ray emitters such as blazars, misaligned active galactic nucleus (AGN), and star-forming galaxies, and perform a global fit to the measured cross-correlation. Five catalogs are considered: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)-DR6 quasars, Two Micron All Sky Survey galaxies, NRAO VLA Sky Survey radio galaxies, SDSS-DR8 Luminous Red Galaxies, and the SDSS-DR8 main galaxy sample. To model the cross-correlation signal, we use the halo occupation distribution formalism to estimate the number of galaxies of a given catalog in DM halos and their spatial correlation properties. We discuss uncertainties in the predicted cross-correlation signal arising from the DM clustering and WIMP microscopic properties, which set the DM gamma-ray emission. The use of different catalogs probing objects at different redshifts significantly. reduces, though not completely, the degeneracy among the different.-ray components. We find that the presence of a significant WIMP DM signal is allowed by the data but not significantly preferred by the fit, although this is mainly due to a degeneracy with the misaligned AGN component. With modest substructure boost, the sensitivity of this method excludes thermal annihilation cross sections at 95% level for WIMP masses up to few tens of GeV. Constraining the low-redshift properties of astrophysical populations with future data will further improve the sensitivity to DM.
|Titolo:||Dark matter searches in the gamma-ray extragalactic background via cross-correlations with galaxy catalogs|
|Autori:||Cuoco, A.; Xia, J. -. Q.; Regis, M.; Branchini, E.; Fornengo, N.; Viel, M.|
|Rivista:||ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/0067-0049/221/2/29|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|