Neutron stars at the dark matter direct detection frontier
- Author(s): Raj, N
- Tanedo, P
- Yu, H-B
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.97.043006
Neutron stars capture dark matter efficiently. The kinetic energy transferred during capture heats old neutron stars in the local galactic halo to temperatures detectable by upcoming infrared telescopes. We derive the sensitivity of this probe in the framework of effective operators. For dark matter heavier than a GeV, we find that neutron star heating can set limits on the effective operator cutoff that are orders of magnitude stronger than possible from terrestrial direct detection experiments in the case of spin-dependent and velocity-suppressed scattering.
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