Serch for Neutralino Dark Matter with the AMANDA-II Neutrino Telescope
The annihilation of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), accumulated in gravitational potentials (e.g., the core of the Earth, the Sun or the Galactic halo) would lead to neutrino production. This thesis investigates the possibility of searching for WIMPs in the form of the lightest supersymmetric particle (neutralino) trapped in the Sun using the AMANDA-II neutrino telescope. AMANDA-II is a large Cherenkov detector located deep in the ice at the geographical South Pole. The presented work is based on data taken during the year 2001. An analysis optimized to search for the neutralino-induced flux from the Sun has been developed. The observation of no excess with respect to the expected atmospheric neutrino background has been interpreted as an upper limit on the neutralino annihilation rate in the Sun and on the neutralino-induced muon flux in the vicinity of the detector.
Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation
Keywords:NATURAL SCIENCES; Physics; Elementary particle physics; Physics
Date of Publication:01/01/2004