UV completions of magnetic inelastic and Rayleigh dark matter for the Fermi Line(s)

Neal Weiner, Itay Yavin

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    Models that seek to produce a line at ∼130 GeV as possibly present in the Fermi data face a number of phenomenological hurdles, not the least of which is achieving the high cross section into γγ required. A simple explanation is a fermionic dark matter particle that couples to photons through loops of charged messengers. We study the size of the dimension-5 dipole (for a pseudo-Dirac state) and dimension-7 Rayleigh operators in such a model, including all higher order corrections in 1/Mmess. Such corrections tend to enhance the annihilation rates beyond the naive effective operators. We find that while freeze-out is generally dominated by the dipole, the present-day gamma-ray signatures are dominated by the Rayleigh operator, except at the most strongly coupled points, motivating a hybrid approach. With this, the magnetic inelastic dark matter scenario provides a successful explanation of the lines at only moderately strong coupling. We also consider the pure Majorana weakly interacting massive particle, where both freeze-out and the Fermi lines can be explained, but only at very strong coupling with light (∼200-300 GeV) messengers. In both cases there is no conflict with nonobservation of continuum photons.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number023523
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jan 25 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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