Reionization and dark matter decay

Oldengott IM, Boriero D, Schwarz D (2016)
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (8): 054.

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Cosmic reionization and dark matter decay can impact observations of the cosmic microwave sky in a similar way. A simultaneous study of both effects is required to constrain unstable dark matter from cosmic microwave background observations. We compare two reionization models with and without dark matter decay. We find that a reionization model that fits also data from quasars and star forming galaxies results in tighter constraints on the reionization optical depth T-reio, but weaker constraints on the spectral index n(s) than the conventional parametrization. We use the Planck 2015 data to constrain the effective decay rate of dark matter to Gamma(eft) < 2.9 x 10(-25)/s at 95% C.L. This limit is robust and model independent. It holds for any type of decaying dark matter and it depends only weakly on the chosen parametrization of astrophysical reionization. For light dark matter particles that decay exclusively into electromagnetic components this implies a limit of Gamma < 5.3 x 10(-26)/s at 95% C.L. Specifying the decay channels, we apply our result to the case of keV-rnass sterile neutrinos as dark matter candidates and obtain constraints on their mixing angle and mass, which are comparable to the ones from the diffuse X-ray background.
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Oldengott IM, Boriero D, Schwarz D. Reionization and dark matter decay. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 2016;(8): 054.
Oldengott, I. M., Boriero, D., & Schwarz, D. (2016). Reionization and dark matter decay. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics(8), 054. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/08/054
Oldengott, I. M., Boriero, D., and Schwarz, D. (2016). Reionization and dark matter decay. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics:054.
Oldengott, I.M., Boriero, D., & Schwarz, D., 2016. Reionization and dark matter decay. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, (8): 054.
I.M. Oldengott, D. Boriero, and D. Schwarz, “Reionization and dark matter decay”, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2016, : 054.
Oldengott, I.M., Boriero, D., Schwarz, D.: Reionization and dark matter decay. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. : 054 (2016).
Oldengott, Isabel Mira, Boriero, Daniel, and Schwarz, Dominik. “Reionization and dark matter decay”. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 8 (2016): 054.
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