Constraints on dark matter annihilation or decay offer unique insights into the nature of dark matter. We illustrate how surveys dedicated to detect the highly redshifted 21 cm signal from the dark ages will offer a new window into properties of particle dark matter. The 21 cm intensity mapping signal and its fluctuations are sensitive to energy injection from annihilation or decay of long-lived particles in a way that is complementary to other probes. We present forecasted constraints from forthcoming and next-generation radio surveys. We show that, while SKA might be capable of a detection for some cases, the most promising opportunity to detect dark matter in the 21 cm intensity mapping signal is with a futuristic radio array on the lunar far-side, with the potential to detect a signal many orders of magnitude weaker than current or maximal constraints from other probes.

Enlightening the dark ages with dark matter

Raccanelli A.;Chluba J.
2020

Abstract

Constraints on dark matter annihilation or decay offer unique insights into the nature of dark matter. We illustrate how surveys dedicated to detect the highly redshifted 21 cm signal from the dark ages will offer a new window into properties of particle dark matter. The 21 cm intensity mapping signal and its fluctuations are sensitive to energy injection from annihilation or decay of long-lived particles in a way that is complementary to other probes. We present forecasted constraints from forthcoming and next-generation radio surveys. We show that, while SKA might be capable of a detection for some cases, the most promising opportunity to detect dark matter in the 21 cm intensity mapping signal is with a futuristic radio array on the lunar far-side, with the potential to detect a signal many orders of magnitude weaker than current or maximal constraints from other probes.
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