Searching for signatures of dark matter-dark radiation interaction in observations of large-scale structure
- Author(s): Pan, Zhen
- Kaplinghat, Manoj
- Knox, Lloyd
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1103/physrevd.97.103531
In this paper, we conduct a search in the latest large-scale structure measurements for signatures of the dark matter-dark radiation interaction proposed by Buen-Abad et al. (2015). We show that prior claims of a detection of this interaction rely on a use of the SZ cluster mass function that ignores uncertainty in the mass-observable relationship. Including this uncertainty we find that the inferred level of interaction remains consistent with the data, but so does zero interaction; i.e., there is no longer a detection. We also point out that inference of the shape and amplitude of the matter power spectrum from Ly$\alpha$ forest measurements is highly inconsistent with the predictions of the $\Lambda$CDM model conditioned on Planck CMB temperature, polarization, and lensing power spectra, and that the dark matter-dark radiation model can restore that consistency. We also phenomenologically generalize the model of Buen-Abad et al. (2015) to allow for interaction rates with different scalings with temperature, and find that the original scaling is preferred by the data.