Antinuclei as probe for exotic physics

by Michael Kachelriess (NTNU)

Europe/Berlin (HS3, Physikdepartment)

HS3, Physikdepartment


Antideuteron and antihelium nuclei have been proposed as promising detection channels for dark matter because of the low astrophysical backgrounds expected. After a brief review of the current experimental situation, I discuss some of the various flavors of the coalescence model used to describe the formation of light (anti-) nuclei. Then I present results for a newly developed coalescence model based on the Wigner function representations of the produced nuclei states, which includes both the process-dependent size of the formation region of antinuclei, and the momentum correlations of coalescing antinucleons in a semi-classical picture. Therefore this model allows one to calculate in a consistent frame-work the antideuteron and antihelium fluxes both from secondary production and from dark matter annihilations, and I present results for resulting fluxes of these antinuclei.

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