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From gamma ray line signals of dark matter to the LHC


Kopp,  Joachim
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;
Fermilab, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510, USA;

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Kopp, J., Neil, E. T., Primulando, R., & Zupan, J. (2013). From gamma ray line signals of dark matter to the LHC. Physics of the Dark Universe, 2(1), 22-34. doi:10.1016/j.dark.2013.02.001.

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We explore the relationship between astrophysical gamma-ray signals and LHC signatures for a class of phenomenologically successful secluded dark matter models, motivated by recent evidence for a ~130 GeV gamma-ray line. We consider in detail scenarios in which interactions between the dark sector and the standard model are mediated by a vev-less scalar field \phi, transforming as an N-plet (N > 3) under SU(2)_L. Since some of the component fields of \phi carry large electric charges, loop induced dark matter annihilation to \gamma \gamma and \gamma Z can be enhanced without the need for non-perturbatively large couplings, and without overproduction of continuum gamma-rays from other final states. We discuss prospects for other experimental tests, including dark matter-nucleon scattering and production of \phi at the LHC, where future searches for anomalous charged tracks may be sensitive. The first LHC hints could come from the Higgs sector, where loop corrections involving \phi lead to significantly modified h to \gamma \gamma and h to \gamma Z branching ratios.