Thursday, August 1, 2013

1307.8367 (Benjamin Zitzer et al.)

Dark Matter Annihilation Limits from Dwarf Galaxies using VERITAS    [PDF]

Benjamin Zitzer, for the VERITAS Collaboration
Current cosmological models and data suggest the existence of a cold Dark Matter (DM) component, however the nature of DM particles remains unknown. A favored candidate for DM is a Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) in the mass range of 50 GeV to greater than 10 TeV. Nearby dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs) are expected to contain a high density of DM with a low gamma-ray background, and are thus promising targets for the detection of secondary gamma rays at very high energies (VHE, E > 0.1 TeV) through the annihilation of WIMPs into Standard Model (SM) particles. The VERITAS array of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes (IACTs), sensitive to gamma rays in the 100GeV to 50 TeV range, carries out an extensive observation program of dSphs. Presented here are results of the observations and new statistical techniques for constraining properties of WIMP DM models.
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