We consider the process of scattering of Galactic cosmic-ray electrons and protons off of dark matter with the radiation of a final-state photon. This process provides a novel way to search for Galactic dark matter with gamma rays. We argue that for a generic weakly interacting massive particle, barring effects such as co-annihilation or a velocity-dependent cross section, the gamma-ray emission from cosmic-ray scattering off of dark matter is typically smaller than that from dark matter pair-annihilation. However, if dark matter particles cannot pair-annihilate, as is the case for example in asymmetric dark matter scenarios, cosmic-ray scattering with final state photon emission provides a unique window to detect a signal from dark matter with gamma rays. We estimate the expected flux level and its spectral features for a generic supersymmetric setup, and we also discuss dipolar and luminous dark matter. We show that in some cases the gamma-ray emission might be large enough to be detectable with the Fermi Large Area Telescope. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd and SISSA.
|Titolo:||Cosmic ray-dark matter scattering: A new signature of (asymmetric) dark matter in the gamma ray sky|
|Autori:||Profumo, S.; Ubaldi, L.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Numero di Articolo:||020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/1475-7516/2011/08/020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|