Astronomical constraints on properties of sterile neutrino dark matter

Man Ho CHAN, M.-C. CHU

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We consider sterile neutrinos as a component of dark matter in the Milky Way and clusters, and compare their rest mass, decay rate and the mixing angle. A radiative decaying rate of order Γ∼10⁻¹⁹ s⁻¹ for sterile neutrino rest mass m s =18–19 keV can satisfactorily account for the cooling flow problem and heating source in Milky Way center simultaneously. Also, these ranges of decay rate and rest mass match the prediction of the mixing angle sin ²2θ∼10⁻³ with a low reheating temperature in the inflation model, which enables the sterile-active neutrino oscillation to be visible in future experiments. However, decaying sterile neutrinos have to be ruled out as a major component of dark matter because of the high decay rate. Copyright © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-440
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


Chan, M. H., & Chu, M.-C. (2011). Astronomical constraints on properties of sterile neutrino dark matter. Astrophysics and Space Science, 332(2), 437-440. doi: 10.1007/s10509-010-0507-7


  • Dark matter
  • Cosmology


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