Detecting dark matter with imploding pulsars at the galactic center
OKC/Nordita High-Energy Physics Theory seminar
Monday 17 November 2014
to 14:30 at
Joseph Bramante (Notre Dame U.)
If dark matter is asymmetric, bosonic, and non-self-interacting, or asymmetric, fermionic, and self-interacting, it could destroy pulsars at the galactic center by forming black holes inside of them. In this case, a measurable maximum attainable pulsar age would track the density of the dark matter halo, with the oldest pulsars being allowed in the least dense parts of the halo. This could explain a recent observation, that there are not as many pulsars in the galactic center as expected.