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Phys Rev Lett. 2003 Jul 4;91(1):011302. Epub 2003 Jul 3.

Superweakly interacting massive particles.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, California 92697, USA.


We investigate a new class of dark matter: superweakly interacting massive particles (super-WIMPs). As with conventional WIMPs, super-WIMPs appear in well motivated particle theories with naturally the correct relic density. In contrast to WIMPs, however, super-WIMPs are impossible to detect in all conventional dark matter searches. We consider the concrete examples of gravitino and graviton cold dark matter in models with supersymmetry and universal extra dimensions, respectively, and show that super-WIMP dark matter satisfies stringent constraints from big bang nucleosynthesis and the cosmic microwave background.

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