Asymmetric Dark Matter Models and the LHC Diphoton Excess

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2016-14 DNRF90 and DIAS-2016-14
Authors: Mads Toudal Frandsen (CP3-Origins & DIAS) and Ian Shoemaker (Pennsylvania State University)
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The existence of dark matter (DM) and the origin of the baryon asymmetry are persistent indications that the SM is incomplete. More recently, the ATLAS and CMS experiments have observed an excess of diphoton events with invariant mass of about 750 GeV. One interpretation of this excess is decays of a new spin-0 particle with a sizable diphoton partial width, e.g. induced by new heavy weakly charged particles. These are also key ingredients in models cogenerating asymmetric DM and baryons via sphaleron interactions and an initial particle asymmetry. We explore what consequences the new scalar may have for models of asymmetric DM that attempt to account for the similarity of the dark and visible matter abundances.