Dark Matter Freeze-out during $\mathrm{SU}(2)_{\rm L}$ Confinement
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Dark Matter Freeze-out during $\mathrm{SU}(2)_{\rm L}$ Confinement


We explore the possibility that dark matter is a pair of vector-like fermionic $\mathrm{SU}(2)_{\rm L}$ doublets and propose a novel mechanism of dark matter production that proceeds through the confinement of the weak sector of the Standard Model. This confinement phase causes the Standard Model doublets and dark matter to confine into pions. The dark pions freeze-out before the weak sector deconfines and generate a relic abundance of dark matter. We solve the Boltzmann equations for this scenario to determine the scale of confinement and constituent dark matter mass required to produce the observed relic density. We determine which regions of this parameter space evade direct detection, collider bounds, and successfully produce the observed relic density of dark matter. For a TeV scale pair of vector-like fermionic $\mathrm{SU}(2)_{\rm L}$ doublets, we find the weak confinement scale to be $\sim 700$ TeV.

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