Determining the Distribution of Dark Matter in the Milky Way

Maria Benito Castaño, ICTP Sao Paolo

Weekly Theory Seminar, and also part of the SDI seminar series.

Abstract. The dark matter (DM) density profile in the Milky Way is determined using kinematic tracers of the total gravitational potential and observational inferred three-dimensional density profiles of the visible component (stars and gas). I will show that the accuracy on the reconstructed DM density in the Solar neighbourhood is better than 10%, while the inner DM density slope is poorly reconstructed. I will also show how this data-driven analysis can be used in the interpretation of results from indirect/direct DM searches.

(The slides will be available here)

Published Mar. 1, 2019 11:06 AM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2019 11:06 AM