Self-destructing atomic dark matter

Michael Geller, Ofri Telem

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Self-destructing dark matter (SDDM) is a class of dark sector models in which the collision of a dark sector particle with the earth induces its prompt decay into Standard Model particles, generating unique signals at neutrino detectors. The inherent fragility of SDDM makes its survival from the early Universe unlikely, implying a late time production mechanism. We present an efficient late time production mechanism for SDDM based on atomic rearrangement, the mechanism responsible for muon or antiproton capture in hydrogen. In this model, an atomic rearrangement process occurs in our Galaxy, converting dark atoms into highly excited bound states - our SDDM candidates. While the resulting SDDM is only a small fraction of the dark matter flux, its striking self-destruction signals imply a significant discovery reach in the existing data from the Super-Kamiokande experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035010
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2021


FundersFunder number
German-Israeli GIFI-2524-303.7/2019
US-Israeli BSF2018236
U.S. Department of EnergyDE-AC02-05CH11231
Israel Science Foundation1302/19


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