Neutralino–proton cross sections in supergravity models Academic Article uri icon


  • The neutralino-proton cross section is examined for supergravity models with R-parity invariance with universal and non-universal soft breaking. The region of parameter space that dark matter detectors are currently (or will be shortly) sensitive, i.e., (0.1-10)×10-6 pb, is examined. For universal soft breaking (mSUGRA), detectors with sensitivity σχ̃10-p≥1×10 -6 pb will be able to sample parts of the parameter space for tanβ≳25. Current relic density bounds restrict mχ̃10≤120 GeV for the maximum cross sections, which is below where astronomical uncertainties about the Milky Way are relevant. Nonuniversal soft breaking models can allow much larger cross sections and can sample the parameter space for tanβ≳4. In such models, m0 can be quite large reducing the tension between proton decay bounds and dark matter analysis. We note the existence of two new domains where coannihilation effects can enter, i.e., for mSUGRA at large tanβ, and for nonuniversal models with small tanβ. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Physics B

author list (cited authors)

  • Accomando, E., Arnowitt, R., Dutta, B., & Santoso, Y

citation count

  • 94

complete list of authors

  • Accomando, E||Arnowitt, R||Dutta, B||Santoso, Y

publication date

  • October 2000