Higgsino Dark Matter Confronts 14 Years of Fermi $\ensuremath{\gamma}$-Ray Data

Thermal Higgsino dark matter (DM), with mass around 1 TeV, is a well-motivated, minimal DM scenario that arises in supersymmetric extensions of the standard model. Higgsinos may naturally be the lightest superpartners in split-supersymmetry models that decouple the scalar superpartners while keeping Higgsinos and gauginos close to the TeV scale. Higgsino DM may annihilate today to give continuum γ-ray emission at energies less than a TeV in addition to a linelike signature at energies equal to the mass. Previous searches for Higgsino DM, for example with the H.E.S.S. γ-ray telescope, have not reached the necessary sensitivity to probe the Higgsino annihilation cross section. In this work we make use of 14 years of data from the Fermi Large Area Telescope at energies above 10GeV to search for the continuum emission near the Galactic Center from Higgsino annihilation. We interpret our results using DM profiles from Milky Way analog galaxies in the FIRE-2 hydrodynamic cosmological simulations. We set the strongest constraints to date on Higgsino-like DM. Our results show a mild, 2σ preference for Higgsino DM with a mass near the thermal Higgsino mass and, depending on the DM density profile, the expected cross section.

  • Received 30 July 2022
  • Revised 13 October 2022
  • Accepted 25 April 2023


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Particles & FieldsGravitation, Cosmology & Astrophysics

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