Different halo models and DAMA/CDMS/EDELWEISS and future detectors

Lawrence M. Krauss, Craig J. Copi

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We compare the sensitivity of WIMP detection via direct separation of possible signal vs. background to WIMP detection via detection of an annual modulation, in which signal and background cannot be separated on an event-by-event basis. In order to determine how the constraints from the two different types of experiments might be combined an adequate incorporation of uncertainties due to galactic halo models must be made. This issue is particularly timely in light of recent direct detection limits from Edelweiss and CDMS, which we now demonstrate cannot be made consistent with the most recent claimed DAMA annual modulation observation, even by including halo uncertainties for spin-independent interactions. On the other hand, we demonstrate that a combination of these two techniques, in the event of any positive direct detection signal, could ultimately allow significant constraints on anisotropic halo models even without directional sensitivity in these detectors. For direction-sensitive detectors we derive a new formalism to calculate angular event rates, and present the predicted angular signal for a variety of halo models and calculate the number of events needed to distinguish a dark matter signal from an isotropic background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number2-6 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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