Analysing the radio flux density profile of the M31 galaxy: A possible dark matter interpretation

Man Ho Chan, Chu Fai Yeung, Lang Cui, Chun Sing Leung

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Abstract

Some recent studies have examined the gamma-ray flux profile of our Galaxy to determine the signal of dark matter annihilation. However, the results are controversial and no confirmation is obtained. In this article, we study the radio flux density profile of the M31 galaxy and show that it could manifest a possible signal of dark matter annihilation. By comparing the likelihoods between the archival observed radio flux density profile data and the predicted radio flux density profile contributed by dark matter and stellar emission, we can constrain the relevant dark matter parameters. Specifically, for the thermal annihilation cross-section via the b\bar{b} channel, the best-fitting value of dark matter mass is ∼30 GeV, which is consistent with the results of many recent studies. We expect that this method would become another useful way to constrain dark matter, which is complementary to the traditional radio analyses and the other indirect detections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5692-5696
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume501
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • dark matter
  • radio continuum: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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