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Detection of Dark Matter Decay in the X-ray Submitted to the Astro2010 Decadal Cosmology and Fundamental Physics Science Frontier Panel

By Kevork N. Abazajian


There exists considerable interest in dark matter candidates that can reduce cosmological structure at sub-galactic scales through a suppression of the power spectrum of primordial perturbations as well as have a primordial velocity distribution to produce cores in the smallest-scale dwarf halos. Light keV-mass-scale sterile neutrinos can be such a “warm ” dark matter candidate and are still viable candidates in broad regions of their parameter space. We review the status of this candidate and the current constraints from its radiative decay in the X-ray and from structure formation. We also provide a forecast for the sensitivity of the International X-ray Observatory to this decay, which we show may have the ability to detect or exclude sterile neutrinos within its full parameter space of interest as a dark matter candidate. 1

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