Surface brightness of dark matter: Unique signatures of neutralino annihilation in the galactic halo

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Abstract

We use high resolution numerical simulations of the formation of cold dark matter halos to simulate the background of decay products from neutralino annihilation, such as gamma-rays or neutrinos. Halos are non-spherical, have steep singular density profiles and contain many thousands of surviving dark matter substructure clumps. This leads to several unique signatures in the gamma-ray background that may be confirmed or rejected by the next generation of gamma-ray experiments. Most importantly, the diffuse background is enhanced by over two orders of magnitude due to annihilation within substructure halos. The largest dark substructures are easily visible above the background and may account for the unidentified Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET) sources. A deep strip survey of the gamma-ray background would allow the shape of the galactic halo to be quantified. ©2000 The American Physical Society.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes

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