Dark matter density profiles based upon ΛCDM cosmology motivate an ansatz velocity distribution function with fewer high-velocity particles than the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution or proposed variants. The high-velocity tail of the distribution is determined by the outer slope of the dark matter halo-the large radius behavior of the Galactic dark matter density. N-body simulations of Galactic halos reproduce the high-velocity behavior of this ansatz. Predictions for direct detection rates are dramatically affected for models where the threshold scattering velocity is within 30% of the escape velocity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Jan 24 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)