Theory and phenomenology of Planckian interacting massive particles as dark matter

Mathias Garny, Andrea Palessandro, McCullen Sandora, Martin S. Sloth

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Planckian Interacting Dark Matter (PIDM) is a minimal scenario of dark matter assuming only gravitational interactions with the standard model and with only one free parameter, the PIDM mass. PIDM can be successfully produced by gravitational scattering in the thermal plasma of the Standard Model sector after inflation in the PIDM mass range from TeV up to the GUT scale, if the reheating temperature is sufficiently high. The minimal assumption of a GUT scale PIDM mass can be tested in the future by measurements of the primordial tensor-to-scalar ratio. While large primordial tensor modes would be in tension with the QCD axion as dark matter in a large mass range, it would favour the PIDM as a minimal alternative to WIMPs. Here we generalise the previously studied scalar PIDM scenario to the case of fermion, vector and tensor PIDM scenarios, and show that the phenomenology is nearly identical, independent of the spin of the PIDM. We also consider the specific realisation of the PIDM as the Kaluza-Klein excitation of the graviton in orbifold compactifications of string theory, as well as in models of monodromy inflation and in Higgs inflation. Finally we discuss the possibility of indirect detection of PIDM through non-perturbative decay.

Original languageEnglish
Article number027
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume2018
Issue number2
Number of pages39
ISSN1475-7516
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • cosmological applications of theories with extra dimensions
  • dark matter theory
  • particle physics cosmology Connection
  • physics of the early universe

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Theory and phenomenology of Planckian interacting massive particles as dark matter. / Garny, Mathias; Palessandro, Andrea; Sandora, McCullen; Sloth, Martin S.

In: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Vol. 2018, No. 2, 027, 2018.

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