1. Twointegral distribution functions in axisymmetric galaxies: Implications for dark matter searchesPiero Ullio, Mihael Petač, 2019, original scientific article Abstract: We address the problem of reconstructing the phasespace distribution function for an extended collisionless system, with known density profile and in equilibrium within an axisymmetric gravitational potential. Assuming that it depends on only two integrals of motion, namely the energy and the component of the angular momentum along the axis of symmetry Lz , there is a onetoone correspondence between the density profile and the component of the distribution function that is even in Lz, as well as between the weighted azimuthal velocity profile and the odd component. This inversion procedure was originally proposed by LyndenBell and later refined in its numerical implementation by Hunter and Qian; after overcoming a technical difficulty, we apply it here for the first time in presence of a strongly flattened component, as a novel approach of extracting the phasespace distribution function for dark matter particles in the halo of spiral galaxies. We compare results obtained for realistic axisymmetric models to those in the spherical symmetric limit as assumed in previous analyses, showing the rather severe shortcomings in the latter. We then apply the scheme to the Milky Way and discuss the implications for the direct dark matter searches. In particular, we reinterpret the null results of the Xenon1T experiment for spin(in)dependent interactions and make predictions for the annual modulation of the signal for a set of axisymmetric models, including a selfconsistently defined corotating halo. Found in: ključnih besedah Keywords: dark matter, astrophysics of galaxies, high energy physics, phenomenology Published: 01.10.2021; Views: 720; Downloads: 0 Fulltext (1,22 MB) 
2. Equilibrium axisymmetric halo model for the Milky Way and its implications for direct and indirect dark matter searchesMihael Petač, 2020, original scientific article Abstract: We for the first time provide selfconsistent axisymmetric phasespace distribution models for the Milky Way's dark matter (DM) halo which are carefully matched against the latest kinematic measurements through Bayesian analysis. By using broad priors on the individual galactic components, we derive conservative estimates for the astrophysical factors entering the interpretation of direct and indirect DM searches. While the resulting DM density profiles are in good agreement with previous studies, implying ρ⊙≈102 M⊙/pc3, the presence of baryonic disc leads to significant differences in the local DM velocity distribution in comparison with the standard halo model. For direct detection, this implies roughly 30% stronger cross section limits at DM masses near detectors maximum sensitivity and up to an order of magnitude weaker limits at the lower end of the mass range. Furthermore, by performing Monte Carlo simulations for the upcoming DARWIN and DarkSide20k experiments, we demonstrate that upon successful detection of heavy DM with coupling just below the current limits, the carefully constructed axisymmetric models can eliminate bias and reduce uncertainties by more then 50% in the reconstructed DM coupling and mass, but also help in a more reliable determination of the scattering operator. Furthermore, the velocity anisotropies induced by the baryonic disc can lead to significantly larger annual modulation amplitude and sizable differences in the directional distribution of the expected DMinduced events. For indirect searches, we provide the differential J factors and compute several moments of the relative velocity distribution that are needed for predicting the rate of velocitydependent annihilations. However, we find that accurate predictions are still hindered by large uncertainties regarding the DM distribution near the galactic center. Found in: ključnih besedah Keywords: dark matter, astrophysics, galaxies, high energy physics, experiments, phenomenology Published: 01.10.2021; Views: 677; Downloads: 20 Fulltext (0,00 KB) This document has many files! More...

3. Experimental bounds on sterileactive neutrino mixing anglesMihael Petač, 2015, master's thesis Abstract: Despite the success of the Standard Model in the last few decades, we know it is not complete. There is strong motivation for assuming the existence of additional heavy neutral leptons, which can account for active neutrino masses and possibly also have cosmological implications. In this work I consider the Standard Model with two neutral lepton singlets (sterile neutrinos) with degenerated masses in the range 20MeV  2GeV. The constraints on the activesterile neutrino mixing angles are evaluated based on recent neutrino oscillations data. Using these constraints the bounds from accelerator experiments are reanalyzed for the case of the considered model. Finally, the results are compared with cosmological constraints coming from Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the nMSM resonant leptogenesis. Found in: ključnih besedah Summary of found: ...neutrinos, Neutrino mixing, Seesaw, HighEnergy Physics  Phenomenology, HighEnergy Physics  Experiments... Keywords: Sterile neutrinos, Neutrino mixing, Seesaw, HighEnergy Physics  Phenomenology, HighEnergy Physics  Experiments Published: 01.10.2021; Views: 647; Downloads: 20 Fulltext (1,93 MB) 