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Title:Spatial extension of dark subhalos as seen by Fermi-LAT and the implications for WIMP constraints
Authors:ID Coronado-Blázquez, Javier, IFT UAM-CSIC (Author)
ID Sánchez-Conde, Miguel, IFT UAM-CSIC (Author)
ID Pérez Romero, Judit, IFT UAM-CSIC (Author)
ID Aguirre-Santaella, Alejandra, IFT UAM-CSIC (Author)
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Language:English
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:Spatial extension has been hailed as a “smoking gun” in the gamma-ray search of dark galactic subhalos, which would appear as unidentified sources for gamma-ray telescopes. In this work, we study the sensitivity of the Fermi-LAT to extended subhalos using simulated data based on a realistic sky model. We simulate spatial templates for a set of representative subhalos, whose parameters were derived from our previous work with N-body cosmological simulation data. We find that detecting an extended subhalo and finding an unequivocal signal of angular extension requires, respectively, a flux 2 to 10 times larger than in the case of a pointlike source. By studying a large grid of models, where parameters such as the WIMP mass, annihilation channel, or subhalo model are varied significantly, we obtain the response of the LAT as a function of the product of annihilation cross-section times the J-factor. Indeed, we show that spatial extension can be used as an additional “filter” to reject subhalos candidates among the pool of unidentified LAT sources, as well as a smoking gun for positive identification. For instance, typical angular extensions of a few tenths of a degree are expected for the considered scenarios. Finally, we also study the impact of the obtained LAT sensitivity to such extended subhalos on the achievable dark matter constraints, which are a few times less constraining than comparable point-source limits.
Keywords:dark matter, cosmic rays and astroparticles, gamma-ray astronomy, particle astrophysics, particle dark matter
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2022
Number of pages:22
Numbering:8, 105
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-7899 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:139643907 New window
DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.105.083006 New window
NUK URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:SEYAJJTK
Publication date in RUNG:26.01.2023
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Title:Physical Review D
Shortened title:PRD
Year of publishing:2022

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