Muon fluxes and showers from dark matter annihilation in the Galactic center

Arif Emre Erkoca, Graciela Gelmini, Mary Hall Reno, Ina Sarcevic

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We calculate contained and upward muon flux and contained shower event rates from neutrino interactions, when neutrinos are produced from annihilation of the dark matter in the Galactic center. We consider model-independent direct neutrino production and secondary neutrino production from the decay of taus, W bosons, and bottom quarks produced in the annihilation of dark matter. We illustrate how muon flux from dark matter annihilation has a very different shape than the muon flux from atmospheric neutrinos. We also discuss the dependence of the muon fluxes on the dark matter density profile and on the dark matter mass and of the total muon rates on the detector threshold. We consider both the upward muon flux, when muons are created in the rock below the detector, and the contained flux when muons are created in the (ice) detector. We also calculate the event rates for showers from neutrino interactions in the detector and show that the signal dominates over the background for 150GeV<mχ<1TeV for Eshth=100GeV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number096007
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 25 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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