Light higgsino dark matter from non-thermal cosmology

Luis Aparicio, Michele Cicoli, Bhaskar Dutta, Francesco Muia, Fernando Quevedo

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We study the scenario of higgsino dark matter in the context of a non-standard cosmology with a period of matter domination prior to Big Bang nucleosynthesis. Matter domination changes the dark matter relic abundance if it ends via reheating to a temperature below the higgsino thermal freeze-out temperature. We perform a model independent analysis of the higgsino dark matter production in such scenario. We show that light higgsino-type dark matter is possible for reheating temperatures close to 1 GeV. We study the impact of dark matter indirect detection and collider physics in this context. We show that Fermi-LAT data rule out non-thermal higgsinos with masses below 300 GeV. Future indirect dark matter searches from Fermi-LAT and CTA will be able to cover essentially the full parameter space. Contrary to the thermal case, collider signals from a 100 TeV collider could fully test the non-thermal higgsino scenario. In the second part of the paper we discuss the motivation of such non-thermal cosmology from the perspective of string theory with late-time decaying moduli for both KKLT and LVS moduli stabilisation mechanisms. We finally describe the impact of embedding higgsino dark matter in these scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number38
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Strings and branes phenomenology
  • Supersymmetry Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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