Monoenergetic gamma rays from nonminimal Kaluza-Klein dark matter annihilations
2012 (English)In: Physical Review D, ISSN 1550-7998, Vol. 85, no 4, 043524- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We investigate monoenergetic gamma-ray signatures from annihilations of dark matter comprised of Z(1), the first Kaluza-Klein (KK) excitation of the Z boson in a nonminimal universal extra dimensions (UED) model. The self interactions of the non-Abelian Z(1) gauge boson give rise to a large number of contributing Feynman diagrams that do not exist for annihilations of the Abelian gauge boson B-1, which is the standard Kaluza-Klein dark matter (KKDM) candidate. We find that the annihilation rate is indeed considerably larger for the Z(1) than for the B-1. Even though relic density calculations indicate that the mass of the Z(1) should be larger than the mass of the B-1, the predicted monoenergetic gamma fluxes are of the same order of magnitude. We compare our results to existing experimental limits, as well as to future sensitivities, for image air Cherenkov telescopes, and we find that the limits are reached already with a moderately large boost factor. The realistic prospects for detection depend on the experimental energy resolution.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The American Physical Society , 2012. Vol. 85, no 4, 043524- p.
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50382DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.043524ISI: 000300571500006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84857700861OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50382DiVA: diva2:461703
FunderSwedish Research Council, 621-2008-4210
QC 201112082012-02-232011-12-052012-04-27Bibliographically approved