Title

Contribution of Dark Matter Annihilation to Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows near Massive Galaxy Centers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-18-2020

Publication Title

Astrophysical Journal

Volume

904

Issue

1

First page number:

1

Last page number:

6

Abstract

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are believed to be powered by ultrarelativistic jets. If these jets encounter and accelerate excess electrons and positrons produced by particle dark matter (DM) annihilation, the observed electromagnetic radiation would be enhanced. In this paper, we study GRB afterglow emission with the presence of abundant DM under the weakly interacting massive particle annihilation conditions. We calculate the light curves and spectra of the GRB afterglows with different parameters, i.e., DM density, particle DM mass, annihilation channel, and electron density of the interstellar medium. We find that the effect of DM may become noticeable in the afterglow spectra if the circumburst has a low electron number density ($n\lesssim 0.1\,{\mathrm{cm}}^{-3}$) and if the DM has a high number density (${\rho }_{\chi }\gtrsim {10}^{3}\,\mathrm{GeV}\,{\mathrm{cm}}^{-3}$). According to the standard galaxy DM density profile, GRB afterglows with DM contribution might occur at distances of several to tens of parsecs from the centers of massive galaxies... (See full abstract in article).

Disciplines

Stars, Interstellar Medium and the Galaxy

Language

English

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