Exploring X-ray lines as scotogenic signals

Faisel G. , HO S., TANDEAN J.

PHYSICS LETTERS B, vol.738, pp.380-385, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 738
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.09.063
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICS LETTERS B
  • Page Numbers: pp.380-385


We consider some implications of X-ray lines from certain astronomical objects as potential effects of dark matter decay in the context of the scotogenic model, where neutrinos acquire mass radiatively via one-loop interactions with dark matter. As an example, we focus on the 3.5 keV line recently detected in the X-ray spectra of galaxy clusters, assuming that it stands future scrutiny. We explore the scenario in which the line originates from the slow decay of fermionic dark matter in the model. After obtaining anumber of benchmark points representing the parameter space consistent with the new data and various other constraints, we make predictions on several observables in leptonic processes. They include the effective Majorana mass in neutrinoless double-beta decay, the sum of neutrino masses, and the rate of flavor-changing decay mu -> e gamma, as well as the cross sections of e(+)e(-) collisions into final states containing nonstandard particles in the model. These are testable in ongoing or future experiments and thus offer means to probe the scotogenic scenario studied. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B. V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/3.0/). Funded by SCOAP(3).