Mirror world, a parallel hidden sector with microphysics identical to ordinary particle physics, can have several interesting phenomenological and astrophysical implications and mirror matter can be a natural candidate for dark matter in the universe. If the ordinary and the mirror photons have a kinetic mixing of strenght epsilon, then mirror particles effectively acquire electric charges proportional to epsilon with respect to the ordinary photon, so that they become a sort of particles historically coined as “millicharged” though nowadays they must be called more appropriately as “nanocharged”. In this Letter we revise the cosmological bounds on the kinetic mixing parameter and in the case of exact mirror parity set an upper limit epsilon <3×10−10. Much weaker limit can be obtained in the case of asymmetric mirror sector, with an electroweak symmetry breaking scale larger than the ordinary electroweak scale.

Cosmological bounds on the 'millicharges' of mirror particles

LEPIDI, Angela
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2009

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Mirror world, a parallel hidden sector with microphysics identical to ordinary particle physics, can have several interesting phenomenological and astrophysical implications and mirror matter can be a natural candidate for dark matter in the universe. If the ordinary and the mirror photons have a kinetic mixing of strenght epsilon, then mirror particles effectively acquire electric charges proportional to epsilon with respect to the ordinary photon, so that they become a sort of particles historically coined as “millicharged” though nowadays they must be called more appropriately as “nanocharged”. In this Letter we revise the cosmological bounds on the kinetic mixing parameter and in the case of exact mirror parity set an upper limit epsilon <3×10−10. Much weaker limit can be obtained in the case of asymmetric mirror sector, with an electroweak symmetry breaking scale larger than the ordinary electroweak scale.
2009
Z., Berezhiani; Lepidi, Angela
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