Boosted dark matter at the deep underground neutrino experiment

  • Haider Alhazmi
  • Kyoungchul Kong
  • Gopolang Mohlabeng
  • Jong-Chul ParkEmail author
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We investigate the detection prospects of a non-standard dark sector in the context of boosted dark matter. We consider a scenario where two stable particles have a large mass difference and the heavier particle accounts for most of dark matter in our current universe. The heavier candidate is assumed to have no interaction with the standard model particles at tree-level, hence evading existing constraints. Although subdominant, the lighter dark matter particles are efficiently produced via pair-annihilation of the heavier ones in the center of the Galaxy or the Sun. The large Lorentz boost enables detection of the non-minimal dark sector in large volume terrestrial experiments via exchange of a light dark photon with electrons or nuclei. Various experiments designed for neutrino physics and proton decay are examined in detail, including Super-K and Hyper-K. In this study, we focus on the sensitivity of the far detector at the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment for boosted dark matter produced in the center of the Sun, and compare our findings with recent results for boosted dark matter produced in the galactic center.


Beyond Standard Model Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haider Alhazmi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kyoungchul Kong
    • 1
    • 3
  • Gopolang Mohlabeng
    • 1
  • Jong-Chul Park
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of KansasLawrenceU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsJazan UniversityJazanSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Pittsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center, Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghU.S.A.
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsChungnam National UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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