Search for solar axions: The cast experiment at CERN

CAST Collaboration

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Abstract

Hypothetical axion-like particles with a two-photon interaction would be produced in the sun by the Primakoff process. In a laboratory magnetic field they would be transformed into Xrays with energies of a few keV. The CAST experiment at CERN is using a decommissioned LHC magnet as an axion helioscope in order to search for these a. xion-like particles. The analysis of the 2003 data 1 has shown no signal above the background, thus implying an upper limit to the axion-photon coupling of Yao < 1.16 x 10- 10 Gev- 1 at 953 CL for ma;S 0.02 eV. The stable operation of the experiment during 2004 data taking allow us to anticipate that this value will be improved. At the end of 2005 we expect to start with the so-called second phase of CAST, when the magnet pipes will be filled with a buffer gas so that the a.xion-photon coherence will be extended. In this way we will be able to search for axions with masses up to 1 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages159-166
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2005
Event40th Rencontres de Moriond on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories, EW 2005 - La Thuile, Italy
Duration: Mar 5 2005Mar 12 2005

Conference

Conference40th Rencontres de Moriond on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories, EW 2005
CountryItaly
CityLa Thuile
Period3/5/053/12/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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