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Dynamical equilibration of dark matter and baryon energy densities

Dawid Brzeminski
Fri September 22nd 2023, 3:00pm
University of Maryland
Event Sponsor
Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics
Varian 312

The near equality of the dark matter and baryon energy densities is a remarkable coincidence, especially when one realizes that the baryon mass is exponentially sensitive to UV parameters in the form of dimensional transmutations. We explore a new dynamical mechanism, where in the presence of an arbitrary number density of baryons and dark matter, a scalar adjusts the masses of dark matter and baryons until the two energy densities are comparable. In this manner, the coincidence is explained regardless of the microscopic identity of dark matter and how it was produced.  This new scalar causes a variety of experimental effects such as a new force and a (dark) matter density dependent proton mass.