Direct detection of fermionic and vector dark matter with polarised targets
Journal article, 2018

We study the scattering of Milky Way dark matter (DM) particles by spin-polarised target nuclei within a set of simplified models for fermionic and vector DM where DM interacts with spin 1/2 point-like nuclei through the exchange of a vector or pseudo-vector mediator particle. This study is motivated by the possibility of using polarised targets to gain novel insights into the nature of DM. For fermionic DM, we provide an explicit expression for the polarised DM-nucleus scattering cross section refining previous results found in the literature. For vector DM, we calculate the polarised cross section for DM-nucleus scattering for the first time. We find that polarised targets can in principle be used to discriminate fermionic from vector DM.

dark matter experiments

dark matter theory


Riccardo Catena

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Kåre Fridell

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics

Vanessa Zema

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)

Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso

Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

1475-7516 (ISSN)

Vol. 2018 11 018

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Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation

Subatomic Physics

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