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Disformal Dark Matter: Branon phenomenology​

Jose A. R. Cembranos
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Scalar particles coupled to the Standard Model fields through a disformal coupling arise in different theories, such as massive gravity or brane world models. These disformal scalar degrees of freedom have been postulated as dark matter and dark energy candidates. We will review the main phenomenology associated with such a scenario. Distinctive disformal signatures could be measured at colliders and with astrophysical observations.
We will pay particular attention to the branon case. In brane-world models with low tension, these particles constitute the only relevant new degrees of freedom at low energies. Branon fields are in general massive, weakly interacting, and stable depending on the symmetries of the bulk space. Therefore, they may explain the universe missing mass problem.

2016 June 14, 10:30

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (C6.2.51)
Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia