Neutrino signals in dark matter detectors

Speaker: Joachim Kopp, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik-Heidelberg

Speaker arrival: 23/10/2013

Speaker departure: 26/10/2013

Assigned office: 23

Title: Neutrino signals in dark matter detectors

Place: Sala de Seminarios, Edificio Mecenas

Date: 24/10/2013

Time: 10:00

We investigate the scattering of solar neutrinos on electrons and nuclei in dark matter direct detection experiments. The rates of these processes are small in the Standard Model, but can be enhanced by several orders of magnitude if the neutrino sector is slightly non-minimal. This makes even the current generation of dark matter detectors sensitive to non-standard neutrino physics. Examples discussed here are neutrino magnetic moments and models with a simple hidden sector containing a sterile neutrino and a light new gauge boson ("dark photon"). We discuss the expected event spectra and temporal modulation effects, as well as constraints from a variety of astrophysical, cosmological, and laboratory experiments.