Sterile neutrino fits to dark matter mass profiles in the Milky Way and in galaxy clusters

Man Ho CHAN, Robert EHRLICH

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Abstract

In recent papers it was claimed that SN 1987A data supports the existence of 4.0 eV and 21.4 eV active neutrino mass eigenstates, and it was suggested that such large active neutrino masses could be made consistent with existing constraints including neutrino oscillation data and upper limits on the neutrino flavor state masses. The requirement was that there exist a pair of sterile neutrino mass states nearly degenerate with the active ones, plus a third active-sterile doublet that is tachyonic (m 2<0). Here, independent evidence is presented for the existence of sterile neutrinos with the previously claimed masses based on fits to the dark matter distributions in the Milky Way galaxy and four clusters of galaxies. The fits are in excellent agreement with observations within the uncertainties of the masses. In addition, sterile neutrinos having the suggested masses address the "cusp" problem and the missing satellites problem, as well as that of the "top down" scenario of structure formation-previously a chief drawback of HDM particles. Nevertheless, due to the highly controversial nature of the claim, and the need for two free parameters in the dark matter fits, additional confirming evidence will be required before it can be considered proven. Copyright © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-413
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Volume349
Issue number1
Early online date17 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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Citation

Chan, M. H., & Ehrlich, R. (2014). Sterile neutrino fits to dark matter mass profiles in the Milky Way and in galaxy clusters. Astrophysics and Space Science, 349(1), 407-413. doi: 10.1007/s10509-013-1603-2

Keywords

  • Dark matter