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Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by Doum » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:25 pm

The Leiden astrophysicist Alexey Boyarsky and his fellow researchers may have identified a trace of dark matter that could signify a new particle: the sterile neutrino. A research group in Harvard reported a very similar signal just a few days earlier.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 074829.htm

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Re: Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by MargaritaMc » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:58 pm

Here is an extract from the abstract of the arXiv paper by Boyarsky et al:
An unidentified line in X-ray spectra of the Andromeda galaxy and Perseus galaxy cluster
Alexey Boyarsky, Oleg Ruchayskiy, Dmytro Iakubovskyi, Jeroen Franse
http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.4119

...Although for individual objects it is hard to exclude the possibility that the feature is due to an instrumental effect or an atomic line of anomalous brightness, it is consistent with the behavior of a line originating from the decay of dark matter particles. Future detections or non-detections of this line in multiple astrophysical targets may help to reveal its nature.
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Re: Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by MargaritaMc » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:09 pm

This is from the arXiv paper by the Harvard group:
Detection of An Unidentified Emission Line in the Stacked X-ray spectrum of Galaxy Clusters
Esra Bulbul, Maxim Markevitch, Adam Foster, Randall K. Smith, Michael Loewenstein, Scott W. Randall
http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.2301
... On the origin of this line, we argue that there should be no atomic transitions in thermal plasma at this energy. An intriguing possibility is the decay of sterile neutrino, a long-sought dark matter particle candidate. ...
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Re: Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by bystander » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:46 pm

Mystery in the Perseus Cluster
Science@NASA | 2014 Jul 24
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Intrigues Astronomers
NASA | SAO | CXC | CfA | 2014 Jun 24

Puzzling X-rays point to dark matter
ESA Science & Technology | XMM-Newton | 2014 Jun 24

Detection of an Unidentified Emission Line in the Stacked X-Ray Spectrum of Galaxy Clusters - Esra Bulbul et al An unidentified line in X-ray spectra of the Andromeda galaxy and Perseus galaxy cluster - Alexey Boyarsky et al
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Re: Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by MargaritaMc » Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:52 pm

"In those rare moments of total quiet with a dark sky, I again feel the awe that struck me as a child. The feeling is utterly overwhelming as my mind races out across the stars. I feel peaceful and serene."
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EFPL: Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter

Post by bystander » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:57 pm

Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) | via EurekAlert | 2014 Dec 11
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Re: Glimmer of light in the search for dark matter

Post by MargaritaMc » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:31 pm

I found the following a helpful review..
http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2852
New emission line at ~3.5 keV - observational status, connection with radiatively decaying dark matter and directions for future studies Dmytro Iakubovskyi.
(Submitted on 10 Oct 2014 (v1), last revised 12 Nov 2014 (this version, v2))
Invited review for Advances in Astronomy and Space Physics.

Abstract:
Recent works of [1402.2301*,1402.4119**], claiming the detection of extra emission line with energy ~3.5 keV in X-ray spectra of certain clusters of galaxies and nearby Andromeda galaxy, have raised considerable interest in astrophysics and particle physics communities. A number of new observational studies claim detection or non-detection of the extra line in X-ray spectra of various cosmic objects. In this review I summarize existing results of these studies, overview possible interpretations of the extra line, including intriguing connection with radiatively decaying dark matter, and show future directions achievable with existing and planned X-ray cosmic missions.
*by Esra Bulbul, Maxim Markevitch et al
**by Boyasky, Ruchayskiy et al


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