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Volume 341 - The 20th International Workshop on Neutrinos (NuFACT2018) - Wg 5
Light scalar dark matter at neutrino oscillation experiments
K. Whisnant,* J. Liao, D. Marfatia
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2019 October 15
Published on: 2019 December 12
Couplings between light scalar (fuzzy) dark matter (DM) and neutrinos induce a perturbation to the neutrino mass matrix. If the DM oscillation period is smaller than ten minutes (or equivalently, the DM particle is heavier than $0.69\times10^{-17}$~eV), the fast-averaging over an oscillation cycle leads to a modification of the measured oscillation parameters. We present a specific $\mu$-$\tau$ symmetric model in which the measured value of $\theta_{13}$ is entirely generated by the DM interaction, and which reproduces the other measured oscillation parameters. For a scalar DM particle lighter than $10^{-15}$ eV, adiabatic solar neutrino propagation is maintained. A suppression of the sensitivity to $CP$ violation at long baseline neutrino experiments is predicted in this model. We find that DUNE cannot exclude the DM scenario at more than $3\sigma$ C.L. for bimaximal, tribimaximal and hexagonal mixing, while JUNO can rule it out at more than $6\sigma$~C.L. by precisely measuring both $\theta_{12}$ and $\theta_{13}$.
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