Dark matter is believed to make up approximately eighty-three percent of the matter in the universe. Despite its apparent abundance, it has not yet been directly detected, and it is not known what types of particles it is composed of. Efforts to understand what dark matter is made of and how it fits into the Standard Model of particle physics is currently an important and active area of research. In this paper we investigate a method of studying dark matter indirectly by using terrestrial neutrino telescopes to search for signs of dark matter decay. In particular, we study leptonically decaying dark matter and apply the results to models of spin-1/2, charge-asymmetric dark matter whose parameters have been fitted to describe the observed electron-positron flux seen at the PAMELA, H.E.S.S., and Fermi-LAT experiments.
Marshall, Gardner R. and Hester, William
"Searching for Signals of Dark Matter Decay,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 15
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol15/iss1/8