We explore the possible signatures of dark matter (DM) pair annihilations in the nearby dwarf spheroidal galaxy Draco. After investigating the mass models for Draco in the light of available observational data, we carefully model the DM density profile, taking advantage of numerical simulations of hierarchical structure formation. We then analyze the gamma-ray and electron/positron yield expected for weakly interacting DM particle (WIMP) models, including an accurate treatment of the propagation of the charged particle species. We show that unlike in larger DM structures - such as galaxy clusters - spatial diffusion plays here an important role. While Draco would appear as a point-like gamma-ray source, synchrotron emission from electrons and positrons produced by WIMP annihilations features a spatially extended structure. Depending upon the cosmic ray propagation setup and the size of the magnetic fields, the search for a diffuse radio emission from Draco can be a more sensitive indirect DM search probe than gamma rays. Finally, we show that available data are consistent with the presence of a black hole at the center of Draco: if this is indeed the case, very significant enhancements of the rates for gamma rays and other emissions related to DM annihilations are expected.

Detecting dark matter WIMPs in the Draco dwarf: a multiwavelength perspective / Colafrancesco, S.; Profumo, S.; Ullio, P.. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW D, PARTICLES, FIELDS, GRAVITATION, AND COSMOLOGY. - ISSN 1550-7998. - 75:2(2007), pp. 023513.1-023513.21. [10.1103/PhysRevD.75.023513]

Detecting dark matter WIMPs in the Draco dwarf: a multiwavelength perspective

Ullio, P.
2007-01-01

Abstract

We explore the possible signatures of dark matter (DM) pair annihilations in the nearby dwarf spheroidal galaxy Draco. After investigating the mass models for Draco in the light of available observational data, we carefully model the DM density profile, taking advantage of numerical simulations of hierarchical structure formation. We then analyze the gamma-ray and electron/positron yield expected for weakly interacting DM particle (WIMP) models, including an accurate treatment of the propagation of the charged particle species. We show that unlike in larger DM structures - such as galaxy clusters - spatial diffusion plays here an important role. While Draco would appear as a point-like gamma-ray source, synchrotron emission from electrons and positrons produced by WIMP annihilations features a spatially extended structure. Depending upon the cosmic ray propagation setup and the size of the magnetic fields, the search for a diffuse radio emission from Draco can be a more sensitive indirect DM search probe than gamma rays. Finally, we show that available data are consistent with the presence of a black hole at the center of Draco: if this is indeed the case, very significant enhancements of the rates for gamma rays and other emissions related to DM annihilations are expected.
2007
75
2
1
21
023513
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.75.023513
https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0607073
Colafrancesco, S.; Profumo, S.; Ullio, P.
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