Searching for signatures of dark matter-dark radiation interaction in observations of large-scale structure
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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.
Abstract

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.

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