Jul 26 – 30, 2010
Montpellier 2 University
Europe/Paris timezone

The Impact of Dark Matter Microhalos on Signatures for Direct and Indirect Detection

Jul 29, 2010, 11:25 AM
Amphithéatre Dumontet (Montpellier 2 University)

Amphithéatre Dumontet

Montpellier 2 University

Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 FRANCE
Talk Structure Formation & N-body simulations Parallel Session : Structure Formation & N-body simulations 2


Mr Aurel Schneider (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich)


Detecting dark matter as it streams through detectors on Earth relies on knowledge of its phase space density on a scale comparable to the size of our solar system. Numerical simulations predict that our Galactic halo contains an enormous hierarchy of substructures, streams and caustics, the remnants of the merging hierarchy that began with tiny Earth mass microhalos. If these bound or coherent structures persist until the present time, they could dramatically alter signatures for the detection of the wimp. Using numerical simulations that follow the coarse grained tidal disruption within the Galactic potential and fine grained heating from stellar encounters, we find that microhalos, streams and caustics have a negligible likelihood of impacting direct detection signatures implying that dark matter constraints derived using simple smooth halo models are relatively robust. We also find that many dense central cusps survive, yielding a small enhancement in the signal for indirect detection experiments.

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Mr Aurel Schneider (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich)


Ben Moore (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich) Lawrence Krauss (School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Physics, Arizona State University)

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