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Shell Model Description of Spin-Dependent Elastic and Inelastic WIMP Scattering off 119Sn and 121Sb (2022)

Kasurinen, J., Suhonen, J., Srivastava, P. C., & Pirinen, P. (2022). Shell Model Description of Spin-Dependent Elastic and Inelastic WIMP Scattering off 119Sn and 121Sb. Universe, 8(6), Article 309. https://doi.org/10.3390/universe8060309

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All authors or editors: Kasurinen, Joona; Suhonen, Jouni; Srivastava, Praveen C.; Pirinen, Pekka

Journal or series: Universe

eISSN: 2218-1997

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 31/05/2022

Volume: 8

Issue number: 6

Article number: 309

Publisher: MDPI AG

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/universe8060309

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81989


In this work, we calculate the spin structure functions for spin-dependent elastic and inelastic WIMP scattering off 119Sn and 121Sb. Estimates for detection rates are also given. 119Sn and 121Sb are amenable to nuclear structure calculations using the nuclear shell model (NSM). With the possible exception of 201Hg, they are the only such nuclei still unexplored theoretically for their potential of inelastic WIMP scattering to a very low excited state. The present calculations were conducted using a state-of-the-art WIMP–nucleus scattering formalism, and the available effective NSM two-body interactions describe the spectroscopic properties of these nuclei reasonably well. Structure functions were found to be high for both nuclei in the case of elastic scattering. Elastic scattering dominated at the zero momentum transfer limit. Detection rate calculations indicated that inelastic scattering was relevant for both nuclei, even surpassing elastic rates for some recoil energies.

Keywords: dark matter; scattering (physics); spin (quantum mechanics); nuclear physics; particle physics

Free keywords: dark matter; WIMP; direct detection; spin structure functions; nuclear structure

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