Sensitivity of the Cherenkov Telescope Array to the detection of a dark matter signal in comparison to direct detection and collider experiments

Csaba Balázs, Jan Conrad, Ben Farmer, Thomas Jacques, Tong Li, Manuel Meyer, Farinaldo S. Queiroz, Miguel A. Sánchez-Conde

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Imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes (IACTs) that are sensitive to potential γ-ray signals from dark matter (DM) annihilation above ∼50 GeV will soon be superseded by the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). CTA will have a point source sensitivity an order of magnitude better than currently operating IACTs and will cover a broad energy range between 20 GeV and 300 TeV. Using effective field theory and simplified models to calculate γ-ray spectra resulting from DM annihilation, we compare the prospects to constrain such models with CTA observations of the Galactic center with current and near-future measurements at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and direct detection experiments. For DM annihilations via vector or pseudoscalar couplings, CTA observations will be able to probe DM models out of reach of the LHC, and, if DM is coupled to standard fermions by a pseudoscalar particle, beyond the limits of current direct detection experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083002
Number of pages20
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017


  • Dark matter
  • Positron fraction
  • Cosmic rays

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