JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS, v.2016, no.6, pp.012 -
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We study the kinetic decoupling of light (∼ 10 GeV) magnetic dipole dark matter (DM). We find that present bounds from collider, direct DM searches, and structure formation allow magnetic dipole DM to remain in thermal equilibrium with the early universe plasma until as late as the electron-positron annihilation epoch. This late kinetic decoupling leads to a minimal mass for the earliest dark protohalos of thousands of solar masses, in contrast to the conventional weak scale DM scenario where they are of order 10-6 solar masses.