Sep 8 – 13, 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

Light WIMPs And Equivalent Neutrinos

Sep 9, 2013, 3:20 PM
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral Cosmology Cosmology I


Prof. Gary Steigman (The Ohio State University)


The presence of light WIMPs modifies the early Universe energy and entropy densities, changing the early evolution of the Universe as probed, for example, by the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) and big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN). For observables related to BBN and the CMB, there are degeneracies among the WIMP mass (mχ), the number of equivalent neutrinos (ΔNν), the effective number of neutrinos (Neff), and the baryon-to-photon ratio (ηB). For example, light WIMPs that couple electromagnetically can lead to Neff < 3 even if ΔNν > 0, while those that couple only to neutrinos can lead to Neff > 3 even if ΔNν < 0. Since BBN and the CMB provide independent, complementary probes, they may used to constrain these parameters. In this talk I will compare the parameter constraints from BBN with those from the CMB and use this comparison to set a lower bound to the WIMP mass.

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Prof. Gary Steigman (The Ohio State University)

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