Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2010:48 | Cite as

The Tevatron at the frontier of dark matter direct detection

  • Yang Bai
  • Patrick J. Fox
  • Roni Harnik
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Direct detection of dark matter (DM) requires an interaction of dark matter particles with nucleons. The same interaction can lead to dark matter pair production at a hadron collider, and with the addition of initial state radiation this may lead to mono-jet signals. Mono-jet searches at the Tevatron can thus place limits on DM direct detection rates. We study these bounds both in the case where there is a contact interaction between DM and the standard model and where there is a mediator kinematically accessible at the Tevatron. We find that in many cases the Tevatron provides the current best limit, particularly for light dark matter, below ∼5 GeV, a and for spin dependent interactions. Non-standard dark matter candidates are also constrained. The introduction of a light mediator significantly weakens the collider bound. A direct detection discovery that is in apparent conflict with mono-jet limits will thus point to a new light state coupling the standard model to the dark sector. Mono-jet searches with more luminosity and including the spectrum shape in the analysis can improve the constraints on DM-nucleon scattering cross section.


Beyond Standard Model Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryBataviaU.S.A.

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