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Light thermal relics enabled by a second Higgs

Johannes Herms, Sudip Jana, Vishnu P. K., Shaikh Saad

SciPost Phys. Proc. 12, 046 (2023) · published 4 July 2023

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14th International Conference on Identification of Dark Matter


Sub-GeV thermal relic dark matter typically requires the existence of a light mediator particle. We introduce the light two-Higgs-doublet portal, illustrated by a minimal UV-complete model for sub-GeV dark matter with kinematically forbidden annihilations into leptons. All new physics states in this scenario lie at or below the electroweak scale, affecting Higgs physics, the muon anomalous magnetic moment and potentially neutrino masses. Observation of radiative dark matter annihilation by future MeV gamma-ray telescopes would be key to unambiguously identify the scenario.

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