54 research outputs found

    A novel method to extract dark matter parameters from neutrino telescope data

    Full text link
    Recently it has been shown that when the Dark Matter (DM) particles captured in the Sun directly annihilate into neutrino pairs, the oscillatory terms in the oscillation probability do not average to zero and can lead to a seasonal variation as the distance between the Sun and Earth changes in time. In this paper, we explore this feature as a novel method to extract information on the properties of dark matter. We show that by studying the variation of the flux over a few months, it would in principle be possible to derive the DM mass as well as new information on the flavor structure of the DM annihilation modes. In addition to analytic analysis, we present the results of our numerical calculations that take into account scattering and regeneration of neutrinos traversing the Sun.Comment: 18 pages, 2 figures, 3 tables; comments and 1 figure added, acknowledgment added, published versio

    On the robustness of IceCube's bound on sterile neutrinos in the presence of non-standard interactions

    Full text link
    The mixing parameters of sterile neutrino(s) preferred by the MiniBooNE and LNSD experiments are in strong tension with the exclusion limit from the IceCube experiment. Recently it has been claimed that by considering the non-standard neutrino interactions (NSI) in addition to the sterile neutrino, the IceCube's limit can be relaxed and the tension can be reconciled; a baroque scenario as it has been called. We will show that this claim is just an artifact originating from the energy cuts of the chosen datasets. Contrary to the claim, by turning on the NSI and fixing the NSI parameters to the proposed values, not only the IceCube's limit on sterile neutrino cannot be alleviated, but in fact the tension will be aggravated. The reconciliation, more appropriately, can be called surreal.Comment: 15 pages, 4 figures; v2: a few clarifications have been adde

    Implications of the Pseudo-Dirac Scenario for Ultra High Energy Neutrinos from GRBs

    Full text link
    The source of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR) is still an unresolved mystery. Up until recently, sources of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) had been considered as a suitable source for UHECR. Within the fireball model, the UHECR produced at GRBs should be accompanied with a neutrino flux detectable at the neutrino telescope such as IceCube. Recently, IceCube has set an upper bound on the neutrino flux accompanied by GRBs about 3.7 times below the prediction. We investigate whether this deficit can be explained by the oscillation of the active neutrinos to sterile neutrinos en route from the source to the detectors within the pseudo-Dirac scenario. We then discuss the implication of this scenario for diffuse supernova relic neutrinos.Comment: 14 pages, 5 figures; v2: figures added, discussion improved, matches the version published in JCA

    Gamma-ray bounds from EAS detectors and heavy decaying dark matter constraints

    Full text link
    The very high energy Galactic γ\gamma-ray sky is partially opaque in the (0.1−100.1-10) PeV energy range. In the light of the recently detected high energy neutrino flux by IceCube, a comparable very high energy γ\gamma-ray flux is expected in any scenario with a sizable Galactic contribution to the neutrino flux. Here we elaborate on the peculiar energy and anisotropy features imposed upon these very high energy γ\gamma-rays by the absorption on the cosmic microwave background photons and Galactic interstellar light. As a notable application of our considerations, we study the prospects of probing the PeV-scale decaying DM scenario, proposed as a possible source of IceCube neutrinos, by extensive air shower (EAS) cosmic ray experiments. In particular, we show that anisotropy measurements at EAS experiments are already sensitive to τDM∼O(1027)\tau_{\rm DM}\sim {\cal O}(10^{27})~s and future measurements, using better gamma/hadron separation, can improve the limit significantly.Comment: 23 pages, 9 figures; v2: the discussion of anisotropy in section 4 improved, matches the version published at JCA

    Are IceCube neutrinos unveiling PeV-scale decaying dark matter?

    Full text link
    Recent observations by IceCube, notably two PeV cascades accompanied by events at energies ~ (30-400) TeV, are clearly in excess over atmospheric background fluxes and beg for an astroparticle physics explanation. Although some models of astrophysical accelerators can account for the observations within current statistics, intriguing features in the energy and possibly angular distributions of the events make worth exploring alternatives. Here, we entertain the possibility of interpreting the data with a few PeV mass scale decaying Dark Matter, with lifetime of the order of 10^27 s. We discuss generic signatures of this scenario, including its unique energy spectrum distortion with respect to the benchmark Eν−2E_\nu^{-2} expectation for astrophysical sources, as well as peculiar anisotropies. A direct comparison with the data show a good match with the above-mentioned features. We further discuss possible future checks of this scenario.Comment: 7 pages, 3 figures; v2: discussion improved, reference added, matches the version published in JCA
    • …