Structures in Warm Dark Matter (WDM) models are exponentially suppressed below a certain scale, characterized by the dark matter particle mass, mx . Since structures form hierarchically, the presence of collapsed objects at high-redshifts can set strong lower limits on mx . We place robust constraints on mx using recent results from the Swift database of high-redshift gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). We parameterize the redshift evolution of the ratio between the cosmic GRB rate and star formation rate (SFR) as ∝ (1+z)α , thereby allowing astrophysical uncertainties to partially mimic the cosmological suppression of structures in WDM models. Using a maximum likelihood estimator on two different z > 4 GRB subsamples (including two bursts at z > 8), we constrain mx 1.6-1.8 keV at 95% CL, when marginalized over a flat prior in α. We further estimate that 5 years of a SVOM-like mission would tighten these constraints to mx 2.3 keV. Our results show that GRBs are a powerful probe of high-redshift structures, providing robust and competitive constraints on mx .
|Titolo:||Constraints on warm dark matter models from high-redshift long gamma-ray bursts|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stt674|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|