Status of Indirect Dark Matter Detection

Who: Pasquale Serpico (LAPTh, Annecy-Le-Vieux)
When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 15:30
Where: U48A

Indirect astrophysical channels such as gamma rays, neutrinos, cosmic ray antimatter remain a cornerstone for the dark matter particle identification program. In the first part of the talk  a review of the present indirect constraints on dark matter will be given. In the second part, I’ll focus on the importance of accounting for astrophysical backgrounds, when moving from setting constraints in parameter space to the more challenging ambition of detection. Barring some exception, we are close to the limits of blind searches for indirect dark matter due to systematic limitations to our understanding of astrophysical backgrounds. I will advocate a change of perspective in these searches, where guidance from collider and direct detection programs is exploited to perform a much more fruitful “a priori” search for correlated signatures in many indirect channels.

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