Exploring MeV Gamma Rays from Dark Matter Annihilation and Evaporating Primordial Black Holes in the GRAMS Experiment

GRAMS Collaboration

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Abstract

The upcoming GRAMS (Gamma-Ray and AntiMatter Survey) experiment aims to provide unprecedented sensitivity to a poorly explored region of the cosmic gamma-ray spectrum from 0.1-100 MeV, often referred to as the “MeV gap”. Utilizing Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) technology to detect these MeV gamma rays, GRAMS has the potential to uncover crucial details behind a variety of processes in multi-messenger astrophysics. Various theories on particle interactions beyond the standard model predict that dark matter annihilations may contribute to the cosmic gamma spectrum via monochromatic gamma emissions (spectral lines), the annihilation of decay products, and the radiation of electromagnetically charged final states (FSR). MeV gamma rays may also be emitted from primordial black holes (PBHs) that are currently gaining interest as candidates for dark matter. By looking for the Hawking radiation from such objects, GRAMS can likely probe for ultra-light PBHs, which theoretically may comprise the majority of dark matter seen in the Universe. Here, we will describe how the analyses of the targeted gamma-ray regime will enable GRAMS to uniquely and complementarily place constraints on low-mass dark matter models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number552
JournalProceedings of Science
Volume395
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 18
Event37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2021 Jul 122021 Jul 23

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