Boosted dark matter from diffuse supernova neutrinos

Anirban Das, Manibrata Sen.


The XENON collaboration recently reported an excess of electron recoil events in the low energy region with a significance of around 3.3\sigma. An explanation of this excess in terms of thermal dark matter seems challenging. We propose a scenario where dark matter in the Milky Way halo gets boosted as a result of scattering with the diffuse supernova neutrino background. This interaction can accelerate the dark-matter to semi-relativistic velocities, and this flux, in turn, can scatter with the electrons in the detector, thereby providing a much better fit to the data. We identify regions in the parameter space of dark-matter mass and interaction cross-section which satisfy the excess. Furthermore, considering the data only hypothesis, we also impose bounds on the dark-matter scattering cross-section, which are competitive with bounds from other experiments.

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