In many dark matter models bound state transitions are fast. In a thermal bath, excited states contribute significantly to the effective annihilation cross section. Preliminary results indicate a dramatic change to the unitarity bound.

Title: Indirect search for dark matter bound state formation Abstract: Indirect searches for dark matter (DM) have conventionally been applied to the products of DM annihilation or decay. If DM couples to light force carriers, however, it can be captured into bound states via dissipation of energy that may yield detectable signals. We extend the indirect searches to DM bound state formation...

We derive differential equations from path-integral based non-equilibrium quantum field theory, that cover the dynamics and spectrum of non-relativistic two-body fields for any environment. For concreteness of the two-body fields, we choose the full potential non-relativistic Quantum Electrodynamics Lagrangian in this work. After closing the correlation function hierarchy of these equations...

Quarkonium suppression is one of the probes of the formation of a quark-gluon plasma in heavy-ion collisions. Three phenomena influence the evolution of quarkonium in a medium: screening, collisions with medium partons and recombination. A formalism in which all these mechanisms can be described consistently is that of open quantum system. In this talk, I will review how to combine the open...

Quantifying the transport properties of heavy particles traveling through thermal non-abelian plasmas is of paramount importance to interpret measurements on those particles conducted after the freezeout. One such example is quarkonium suppression in heavy-ion collisions (HIC). To explain the experimental data and extract physical quantities encoding the properties of the QGP, a solid...

This talk approaches electroweak WIMP annihilation from the perspective of the EFT for quarkonium annhilation. After discussing the similarities and differences, I cover next-to-leading order corrections to the potential between static sources with SU(2) x U(1) charge after electroweak symmetry breaking and their impact on the computation of the Sommerfeld-corrected dark matter relic density....