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Paper   IPM / P / 8409
School of Physics
  Title:   Are Small Neutrino Masses Unveiling the Missing Mass Problem of the Universe?
  Author(s): 
1.  C. Boehm
2.  Y. Farzan
3.  T. Hambye
4.  S. Palomares-Ruiz
5.  S. Pascoli
  Status:   Preprint
  Journal:
  Year:  2006
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
We present a scenario in which a remarkably simple relation linking dark matter properties and neutrino masses naturally emerges. This framework points towards a low energy theory where the neutrino mass originates from the existence of a light scalar dark matter particle in the MeV mass range. A very surprising aspect of this scenario is that the required MeV dark matter is one of the favored candidates to explain the mysterious emission of 511 keV photons from the center of our galaxy. A possible interpretation of these findings is that dark matter is the stepping stone of a theory beyond the standard model instead of being an embarrassing relic whose energy density must be accounted for in any successful model building.


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