Dark Matter Heating Nearby Neutron Stars to BBQ Temperatures

Speaker: 
Joseph Bramante
Institution: 
Perimeter
Speaker Link: 
https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/people/joseph-bramante
Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 
3:00 pm
Location: 
FRH 4135

Abstract:

I will discuss how future measurements of infrared emission from nearby neutron stars can be used as a largely model-independent probe of dark matter interactions with Standard Model particles. This relies on a recently discovered effect that even non-annihilating dark matter has on old neutron stars. The resulting sensitivity to dark matter interactions would exceed the reach of many terrestrial dark matter searches, extending well below the neutrino floor for both light and heavy dark matter, and would also uncover elusive ``pure higgsino" dark matter.

Host: 
Sheldon Campbell
Iftah Galon
Felix Kling
Sebastian Trojanowski