Selected Article


Dark matter annihilation and decay factors in the Milky Way's dwarf spheroidal galaxies


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The Milky Way’s dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxies are among the best targets for the indirect detection of dark matter (DM) from annihilation (resp. decay) products. The expected gamma- ray flux depends on the so-called ‘ J -factor’ (resp. ‘ D -factor’), the integral of the squared DM density (resp. DM density) along the line-of-sight. Using a large number of simulated dSphs, we define an optimized Jeans analysis setup for the reconstruction of the DM density with stellar- kinematic data. Employing this setup, we provide estimates of astrophysical J - and D -factors for twenty-two Galactic dSphs, including the newly discovered Reticulum II. We finally identify several criteria that may indicate a contamination of a kinematic dataset by interlopers, leading to unreliable astrophysical factors. We find that the kinematic sample of Segue I, one of the closest dSph, might be affected by this issue.