3.5 keV X-ray line and R-parity conserving supersymmetry Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2014, The Author(s). We present some R-parity conserving supersymmetric models which can accommodate the 3.5 keV X-ray line reported in recent spectral studies of the Perseus galaxy cluster and the Andromeda galaxy. Within the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) framework, the dark matter (DM) gravitino (or the axino) with mass of around 7 keV decays into a massless neutralino (bino) and a photon with lifetime ∼ 1028 sec. The massless bino contributes to the effective number of neutrino species Neff and future data will test this prediction. In the context of NMSSM, we first consider scenarios where the bino is massless and the singlino mass is around 7 keV. We also consider quasi-degenerate bino-singlino scenarios where the mass scale of DM particles are O(GeV) or larger. In such a scenario we require the mass gap to generate the 3.5 keV line. We comment on the possibility of a 7 keV singlino decaying via R parity violating couplings while all other neutralinos are heavy.

published proceedings

  • Journal of High Energy Physics

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Dutta, B., Gogoladze, I., Khalid, R., & Shafi, Q

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Dutta, Bhaskar||Gogoladze, Ilia||Khalid, Rizwan||Shafi, Qaisar

publication date

  • November 2014