Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1307.8011 (Malcolm Fairbairn et al.)

Baryogenesis and Dark Matter with Vector-like Fermions    [PDF]

Malcolm Fairbairn, Philipp Grothaus
We show that vector-like fermions can act as the dark matter candidate in the universe whilst also playing a crucial role in electroweak baryogenesis through contributing to the barrier in the one-loop thermal scalar potential. In order for the new fermions to give rise to a strong first order phase transition, we show that one requires rather large Yukawa couplings in the new sector, which are strongly constrained by electroweak precision tests and perturbativity. Strong couplings between the dark matter candidate and the Higgs boson intuitively lead to small values of the relic density and problems with dark matter direct detection bounds. Nevertheless, when considering the most general realisation of the model, we find regions in the parameter space that respect all current constraints and may explain both mysteries simultaneously.
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