September 25 (Mon) at 15:00 - 16:30, 2023 (JST)
  • Wen Yin (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)
  • via Zoom
Nagisa Hiroshima

A very simple production mechanism of feebly interacting dark matter (DM) that rarely annihilates is thermal production, which predicts the DM mass around eV. This has been widely known as the hot DM scenario. Despite there are several observational hints from background lights suggesting a DM in this mass range, the hot DM scenario has been considered strongly in tension with the structure formation of our Universe. In this talk, I show that the previous conclusions are not always true depending on the reaction for bosonic DM because of the Bose-enhanced reaction at very low momentum. By utilizing a simple $1 \leftrightarrow 2$ decay/inverse decay process to produce DM, I demonstrate that eV range bosonic DM can be thermally produced in a cold manner from a hot plasma. I also discuss some caveats arising from this phenomenon in the freeze-in production of DM, and present a related system that can suppress the hot plasma with thermal reaction.


  1. Wen Yin, Thermal production of cold "hot dark matter" around eV, arXiv: 2301.08735

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