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Title: Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight

Abstract

Here, we describe the current status of the DarkLight experiment at Jefferson Laboratory. DarkLight is motivated by the possibility that a dark photon in the mass range 10 to 100 MeV/c 2 could couple the dark sector to the Standard Model. DarkLight will precisely measure electron proton scattering using the 100 MeV electron beam of intensity 5 mA at the Jefferson Laboratory energy recovering linac incident on a windowless gas target of molecular hydrogen. We will detect the complete final state including scattered electron, recoil proton, and e +e - pair. A phase-I experiment has been funded and is expected to take data in the next eighteen months. The complete phase-II experiment is under final design and could run within two years after phase-I is completed. The DarkLight experiment drives development of new technology for beam, target, and detector and provides a new means to carry out electron scattering experiments at low momentum transfers.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Lab. for Nuclear Science
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
OSTI Identifier:
1340193
Report Number(s):
JLAB-ACC-16-2397; DOE/OR/23177-4023
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002; PII: S0168900216308129
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-06OR23177
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 865; Conference: Latin-American Conference on High Energy Physics: Particles and Strings II, Havana (Cuba), 11-15 Jul 2016; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Photon: heavy; Detector: design; Free electron laser; Photon: invisible decay; Photon: leptonic decay; Jefferson Lab

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Corliss, R. Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2016.07.053.
Corliss, R. Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight. United States. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2016.07.053.
Corliss, R. 2016. "Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight". United States. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2016.07.053. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1340193.
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title = {Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight},
author = {Corliss, R.},
abstractNote = {Here, we describe the current status of the DarkLight experiment at Jefferson Laboratory. DarkLight is motivated by the possibility that a dark photon in the mass range 10 to 100 MeV/c2 could couple the dark sector to the Standard Model. DarkLight will precisely measure electron proton scattering using the 100 MeV electron beam of intensity 5 mA at the Jefferson Laboratory energy recovering linac incident on a windowless gas target of molecular hydrogen. We will detect the complete final state including scattered electron, recoil proton, and e+e- pair. A phase-I experiment has been funded and is expected to take data in the next eighteen months. The complete phase-II experiment is under final design and could run within two years after phase-I is completed. The DarkLight experiment drives development of new technology for beam, target, and detector and provides a new means to carry out electron scattering experiments at low momentum transfers.},
doi = {10.1016/j.nima.2016.07.053},
journal = {Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},
number = ,
volume = 865,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 7
}

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