Bottom quark contribution to spin-dependent dark matter detection

Jinmian Li, Anthony W. Thomas
2016 Nuclear Physics B  
We investigate a previously overlooked bottom quark contribution to the spin-dependent cross section for Dark Matter(DM) scattering from the nucleon. While the mechanism is relevant to any supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model, for illustrative purposes we explore the consequences within the framework of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model(MSSM). We study two cases, namely those where the DM is predominantly Gaugino or Higgsino. In both cases, there is a substantial, viable
more » ... ntial, viable region in parameter space ($m_{\tilde{b}} - m_\chi \lesssim \mathcal{O}(100)$ GeV) in which the bottom contribution becomes important. We show that a relatively large contribution from the bottom quark is consistent with constraints from spin-independent DM searches, as well as some incidental model dependent constraints.
doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2016.03.003 fatcat:ftq53v4ofbbwxnnghuyhe47jwe