DarkSUSY 6 - introduction and overview
Torsten Bringmann, FI
Introduction to DarkSUSY on occasion of a recent major release. From around 9.45 there will be some sweets along with coffee. After the overview there will be a hands-on tutorial for those that are interested.
Abstract. The nature of dark matter remains one of the key science questions. Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) are among the best motivated particle physics candidates, allowing to explain the measured dark matter density by employing standard big-bang thermodynamics. Examples include the lightest supersymmetric particle, though many alternative particles have been suggested as a solution to the dark matter puzzle. In this talk I will introduce a radically new version of the widely used DarkSUSY package, which allows to compute the properties of such dark matter particles numerically. With DarkSUSY 6 one can accurately predict a large variety of astrophysical signals from dark matter, such as direct detection in low-background counting experiments and indirect detection through antiprotons, antideuterons, gamma rays and positrons from the Galactic halo, or high-energy neutrinos from the center of the Earth or the Sun. For WIMPs, high-precision tools are provided for the computation of the relic density in the Universe today, as well as for the size of the smallest dark matter protohalos. Compared to earlier versions, the code has been completely re-organized and brought into a highly modular and flexible shape. Switching between different pre-implemented dark matter candidates has thus become straight-forward, just as adding new -- WIMP or non-WIMP -- particle models or replacing any given functionality in a fully user-specified way.
(The slides will be available here)