Cosmological dark matter annihilation signals: theoretical predictions and experimental constraints

Gabrijela Zaharijas, University of Nova Gorica

The Isotropic Gamma-ray Background (IGRB) up to 820 GeV has been recently measured by the Fermi LAT using 50 months of data. Understanding the origin of this IGRB is a crucial task that requires to identify and model possible contributions in detail. Dark matter annihilation signals integrated over all cosmic epochs have been proposed to account for a portion of the measured IGRB intensity. I will discuss the theoretical predictions for the clustering of dark matter signal and refined predictions for the contribution of the unresolved astrophysical source populations to the IGRB. We use these ingredients to set the limits on the dark matter annihilation cross section which turn out to be comparable to the ones set by the observation of dwarf spheroidal galaxies and Milky Way halo for sub-TeV dark matter masses, while they improve upon them at the high mass end due to the significant energy extension of the isotropic measurement. In addition I will  compare these finding with complementary techniques which probe the cosmological dark matter annihilations, as those of the small scale angular anisotropies and gamma ray cross correlations with galaxy catalogs.

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Weekly Theory Seminar, and also part of the seminar series of the Strategic Dark Matter Initiative. Note the time!

Published Oct. 10, 2015 7:56 PM - Last modified Oct. 25, 2015 9:49 PM