Particle Theory Seminar | Tobias Binder (IPMU) – Dark matter quantum mechanical effects at finite temperature

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Tobias Binder (IPMU)

“Dark matter quantum mechanical effects at finite temperature”

If WIMPs are realized around the TeV-mass region or above, even the heaviest electroweak force carriers could act as long-range forces, leading to a variety of quantum mechanical effects such as the existence of meta-stable DM bound states. The formation and subsequent decay of the latter further deplete the relic density during the freeze-out process on top of the Sommerfeld enhancement, and consequently allow for larger DM masses. In this talk, I discuss how a dense and hot primordial plasma environment influences these quantum mechanical effects, leading to a more complete description and more precise prediction of the thermal WIMP relic abundance.