Antimatter Cosmic-Ray Nuclei and Dark Matter

1 Sep 2021, 17:10
Talk in parallel session Dark Matter and its detection Discussion Panel Dark Matter 7


Ilias Cholis (Oakland University)


Antimatter cosmic-ray measurements can advance our understanding of high-energy astrophysical phenomena in our own Galaxy. Over the last years, satellite experiments as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on board the International Space Station measure antimatter cosmic ray fluxes, including antiprotons and recently antimatter nuclei. These measurements provide a novel probe to search for new physics including annihilations of dark matter in the Milky Way. I will discuss recent studies of the cosmic-ray antiproton-to-proton ratio that have identified an excess of ∼10–20 GeV antiprotons relative to the predictions of standard astrophysical models. Intriguingly, the properties of this excess are consistent with the same range of dark matter models that can account for the long-standing excess of γ-rays observed from the Galactic Center. Such dark matter candidates can also produce significant fluxes of anti-deuterium and anti-helium nuclei , which I will also present.

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Ilias Cholis (Oakland University) Tim Linden (Stokholm University) Dan Hooper (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory & University of Chicago)

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