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      Constraining the Spin-Independent WIMP-Nucleon Coupling from Direct Dark Matter Detection Data

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          Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) are one of the leading candidates for Dark Matter. For understanding the properties of WIMPs and identifying them among new particles produced at colliders (hopefully in the near future), determinations of their mass and their couplings on nucleons from direct Dark Matter detection experiments are essential. Based on our method for determining the WIMP mass model-independently from experimental data, we present a way to also estimate the spin-independent (SI) WIMP-nucleon coupling by using measured recoil energies directly. This method isindependent of the as yet unknown velocity distribution of halo WIMPs. In spite of the uncertainty of the local WIMP density (of a factor of ~ 2), at least an upper limit on the SI WIMP-nucleon coupling could be given, once two (or more) experiments with different target nuclei obtain positive signals. In a background-free environment, for a WIMP mass of 100 GeV its SI coupling on nucleons could in principle be estimated with a statistical error of only ~ 15% with just 50 events from each experiment.

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          2008-09-15
          2009-03-19
          0809.2441

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          PoS idm2008:110,2008
          5 pages, 4 figures, plots updated, to appear in the proceedings of Identification of Dark Matter (IDM 2008), Stockholm, Sweden, 18-22 August, 2008
          hep-ph astro-ph

          General astrophysics, High energy & Particle physics

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