A new possibility for light-quark Dark Matter

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Despite many decades of study the physical origin of "dark matter" in the Universe remains elusive. In this letter we calculate the properties of a completely new dark matter candidate - Bose-Einstein condensates formed from a recently discovered bosonic particle in the light-quark sector, the $\mathbf{ d^*(2380)}$ hexaquark. In this first study, we show stable $\mathbf{ d^*(2380)}$ Bose-Einstein condensates could form in the primordial early universe, with a production rate sufficiently large that they are a plausible new candidate for dark matter. Some possible astronomical signatures of such dark matter are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Article number03LT01
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number3
Early online date12 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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  • Hexaquark
  • dark matter

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