Sharp spectral features from light dark matter decay via gravity portals

Oscar Catà, Alejandro Ibarra, Sebastian Ingenhütt

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We investigate the phenomenology of dark matter decay assuming that it is induced by non-minimal coupling to gravity, when the dark matter mass is in the sub-GeV range, i.e. below the QCD confinement scale. We show that the decay of the singlet scalar dark matter candidate produces sharp features in the photon spectrum, in the form of lines, boxes, and also in the form of a novel spectral feature, characterized by the decay into e+e- γ through a contact interaction, with decay branching fractions depending only on a single parameter, namely the dark matter mass. We also derive upper limits on the strength of the gravity portal from the non-observation of sharp features in the isotropic diffuse gamma-ray spectra measured by COMPTEL, EGRET and Fermi-LAT, and the X-ray spectrum measured by INTEGRAL. Finally, we briefly comment on the impact of dark matter decay via non-minimal coupling to gravity on the reionization history of the Universe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 24 Nov 2017


  • dark matter theory
  • gamma ray theory


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