Dark matter gets DAMPE at high energies
2019 July 29
The DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) mission revealed a break in the spectrum of cosmic-ray electons and positrons. This is associated with an excess above the expected backgrounds at energies around 1 TeV. Several authors have argued that such an excess can be explained in terms of dark matter models that feature heavy leptophilic WIMPs. These models, however, require some form annihilation enchancement above that expected from the Milky-Way galactic centre. This can take the form of either a local over-density near to our solar system or some form of Sommerfeld enhancement of the annihilation rate. In this work we will explore the detectability of local over-densities using gamma-ray and neutrino observatories. We conclude that KM3NET may be the only up-coming high-energy instrument capable of ruling out the presence of such objects. However, in the case where the local over-density is an Ultra-Compact Mini Halo, CTA can also explore the parameter space of these proposed dark matter models.