Journal Article

Enhanced exploration for primordial black holes using pulsar timing arrays

Kazumi Kashiyama and Naoki Seto

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 426, issue 2, pages 1369-1373
Published in print October 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21935.x
Enhanced exploration for primordial black holes using pulsar timing arrays

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We investigate the capability of pulsar timing arrays as a probe of primordial black holes (PBHs), which might constitute the Galactic dark matter. A PBH passing nearby the Earth or a pulsar gives an impulse acceleration and induces residuals on otherwise orderly pulsar timing data. We show that the timing residuals induced at pulsars are optimal for searching heavier PBHs than those at the Earth, and the two probes are highly complemental. Future facilities like Square Kilometre Array could detect PBHs with masses around ∼1022−28 g even if only a small fraction (≲1 per cent) of the Galactic dark matter consists of these PBHs.

Keywords: pulsars: general; dark matter

Journal Article.  3570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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