Circularly polarized gamma rays in effective dark matter theory

Wei Chih Huang*, Kin Wang Ng, Tzu Chiang Yuan

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Abstract

We study the loop-induced circularly polarized gamma rays from dark matter annihilation using the effective dark matter theory approach. Both neutral scalar and fermionic dark matter annihilating into monochromatic diphoton and Z-photon final states are considered. To generate the circular polarization asymmetry, P and CP symmetries must be violated in the couplings between dark matter and Standard Model fermions inside the loop with non-vanishing Cutkosky cut. The asymmetry can be sizable especially for Z-photon final state for which asymmetry of nearly 90% can be reached. We discuss the prospect for detecting the circular polarization asymmetry of the gamma-ray flux from dark matter annihilation in the Galactic Center in future gamma-ray polarimetry experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number135104
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume800
Number of pages10
ISSN0370-2693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10. Jan 2020

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