High Energy / Nuclear Theory / RIKEN Seminars

[HET Lunch Discussion] Getting a THUMP from a WIMP

by Dr Gopolang Mohlabeng (Brookhaven National Laboratory)




Producing an acceptable thermal relic abundance of dark matter with masses >> 10^2 TeV is a challenge. We propose a novel mechanism where GeV-scale states establish a tiny thermal relic abundance for dark matter, which is later promoted to ultra massive status by a very light scalar. We refer to this dark matter as a THermal Ultra Massive Particle (THUMP). Direct detection of THUMPs can be naturally expected due to large scattering cross sections mediated by low mass states that couple THUMPs to the Standard Model. Our model generically leads to signals for the associated GeV-scale states at accelerator experiments.