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Monopoles, strings and dark matter

By Catalina Gomez Sanchez and Bob Holdom


We develop a scenario whereby monopoles in a hidden sector yield a decaying dark matter candidate of interest for the PAMELA and FERMI $e^\pm$ excesses. The monopoles are not completely hidden due to a very small kinetic mixing and a hidden photon mass. The latter also causes the monopoles and anti-monopoles to be connected by strings. The resulting long-lived objects eventually decay to hidden photons which tend to escape galactic cores before decaying. The mass scales are those of the hidden photon ($\approx 500$ MeV), the monopole ($\approx 3$ TeV) and the mixing scale (close to the Planck scale). A gauge coupling in the hidden sector is the only other parameter. This coupling must be strong and this results in light point-like monopoles and light thin strings.Comment: 21 pages, various improvements and additional reference

Topics: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevD.83.123524
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