[W88] Ibrahim Safa: WIMP Dark Matter from a Neutrino Perspective

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 15.00 UTC

WIMP Dark Matter from a Neutrino Perspective

Ibrahim Safa
University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

Since the confirmation of neutrino oscillations, it became apparent that the road to physics beyond the Standard Model (SM) is paved with neutrinos. Many proposed solutions that reconcile the SM with dark matter incorporate a new particle or introduce a dark sector that is connected to the SM; one such candidate is Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, or WIMPs. I will report on the status of WIMP dark matter by exploring the most invisible final state: neutrinos. We provide new model-independent limits on dark matter annihilation into neutrinos in a mass range spanning MeV to ZeV. Interestingly, our limits using the latest SuperK data are inching ever closer to the thermal relic cross section. We also show projections for the next generation of neutrino experiments and explore the region beyond EeV for the first time.


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