Friday, July 5, 2013

1307.1129 (Brando Bellazzini et al.)

The Effective Theory of Self-Interacting Dark Matter    [PDF]

Brando Bellazzini, Mathieu Cliche, Philip Tanedo
We present an effective non-relativistic theory of self-interacting dark matter. We classify the long range interactions and discuss how they can be generated from quantum field theories. Generic dark sectors can generate singular potentials. We show how to consistently renormalize such potentials and apply this to the calculation of the Sommerfeld enhancement of dark matter interactions. We explore further applications of this enhancement to astrophysical probes of dark matter including the core vs. cusp problem.
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