Relic density of dark matter in brane world cosmology
We investigate the thermal relic density of cold dark matter in the context of brane world cosmology. Since the expansion law in a high energy regime is modified from the one in the standard cosmology, if the dark matter decouples in such a high energy regime its relic number density is affected by this modified expansion law. We derive analytic formulas for the number density of dark matter. It is found that the resultant relic density is characterized by the "transition temperature" at which the modified expansion law in brane world cosmology is connecting with the standard one, and can be considerably enhanced compared to that in the standard cosmology, if the transition temperature is low enough.