Implications of a 130 GeV gamma-ray line for dark matter

Matthew R. Buckley, Dan Hooper

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Recent reports of a gamma-ray line feature at ∼130GeV in data from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope have generated a great deal of interest in models in which dark matter particles annihilate with a sizable cross section to final states including photons. In this paper, we take a model-independent approach and discuss a number of possibilities for dark matter candidates which could potentially generate such a feature. While we identify several scenarios which could lead to such a gamma-ray line, these models are each fairly constrained. In particular, viable models require large couplings (g1-3) and additional charged particles with masses in the range of approximately ∼130-200GeV. Furthermore, lower energy gamma-ray constraints from the Galactic center force us to consider scenarios in which the dark matter annihilates in the early Universe through velocity-suppressed processes or to final states which yield relatively few gamma-rays (such as e +e -, μ +μ -, or νν̄). An exception to these conclusions can be found in models in which the dark matter annihilates to heavy intermediate states which decay to photons to generate a linelike gamma-ray spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043524
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 20 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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