Probing Dark Matter Self-Interaction in the Sun with IceCube-PINGU
Chian-Shu Chen1,3, Fei-Fan Lee2, Guey-Lin Lin2, Yen-Hsun Lin2*
1Physics Division, National Center for Theoretical Science, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2Institute of Physics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
3Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
* presenting author:Yen-Hsun Lin, email:chrislevel@gmail.com
We study the capture, annihilation and evaporation of dark matter (DM) inside the Sun. It has been shown that the DM self-interaction can increase the DM number inside the Sun. We demonstrate that this enhancement becomes more significant in the regime of small DM mass, given a fixed DM self-interaction cross section. This leads to the enhancement of neutrino flux from DM annihilation. On the other hand, for DM mass as low as as a few GeVs, not only the DM-nuclei scatterings can cause the DM evaporation, DM self-interaction also provides non-negligible contributions to this effect. Consequently, the critical mass for DM evaporation (typically 3~4 GeV without the DM self-interaction) can be slightly increased. We discuss the prospect of detecting DM self-interaction in IceCube-PINGU using the annihilation channels χχ→τ+τ-, νν as examples. The PINGU sensitivities to DM self-interaction cross section σχχ are estimated for track and cascade events.


Keywords: dark matter theory, neutrino detector