- Testing the Dark Matter Scenario for PeV Neutrinos Observed in IceCube
- Physical Review Letters
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- 115 | 7
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
Late time decay of very heavy dark matter is considered as one of the possible explanations for diffuse PeV neutrinos observed in IceCube. We consider implications of multimessenger constraints, and show that proposed models are marginally consistent with the diffuse gamma-ray background data. Critical tests are possible by a detailed analysis and identification of the sub-TeV isotropic diffuse gamma-ray data observed by Fermi and future observations of sub-PeV gamma rays by observatories like HAWC or Tibet AS + MD. In addition, with several-year observations by next-generation telescopes such as IceCube-Gen2, muon neutrino searches for nearby dark matter halos such as the Virgo cluster should allow us to rule out or support the dark matter models, independently of gamma-ray and anisotropy tests.
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