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Title: Constraining ALP-photon coupling using galaxy clusters

Abstract

We study photon-ALP conversion by resonance effects in the magnetized plasma of galaxy clusters and compare the predicted distortion of the cosmic microwave background spectrum in the direction of such objects to measurements of the thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. Using galaxy cluster models based on current knowledge, we obtain upper limits on the photon-ALP coupling constant g of ≲O(10{sup −11} GeV{sup −1}). The constraints apply to the mass range of 2⋅10{sup −14} eV ≲m{sub ALP}≲3⋅10{sup −12} eV in which resonant photon-ALP conversions can occur. These limits are slightly stronger than current limits, and furthermore provide an independent constraint. We find that a next generation PRISM-like experiment would allow limits down to g≈O(10{sup −14} GeV{sup −1}), two orders of magnitude stronger than the currently strongest limits in this mass range.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. II. Institut für theoretische Physik, Universität Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
OSTI Identifier:
22458429
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 01; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP01(2016)038; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:13565; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; AXIONS; CONVERSION; COUPLING CONSTANTS; EV RANGE; EXPERIMENT RESULTS; GALAXY CLUSTERS; GEV RANGE; PHOTONS; PLASMA; RELICT RADIATION

Citation Formats

Schlederer, Martin, and Sigl, Günter. Constraining ALP-photon coupling using galaxy clusters. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/01/038.
Schlederer, Martin, & Sigl, Günter. Constraining ALP-photon coupling using galaxy clusters. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/01/038.
Schlederer, Martin, and Sigl, Günter. Thu . "Constraining ALP-photon coupling using galaxy clusters". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/01/038.
@article{osti_22458429,
title = {Constraining ALP-photon coupling using galaxy clusters},
author = {Schlederer, Martin and Sigl, Günter},
abstractNote = {We study photon-ALP conversion by resonance effects in the magnetized plasma of galaxy clusters and compare the predicted distortion of the cosmic microwave background spectrum in the direction of such objects to measurements of the thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. Using galaxy cluster models based on current knowledge, we obtain upper limits on the photon-ALP coupling constant g of ≲O(10{sup −11} GeV{sup −1}). The constraints apply to the mass range of 2⋅10{sup −14} eV ≲m{sub ALP}≲3⋅10{sup −12} eV in which resonant photon-ALP conversions can occur. These limits are slightly stronger than current limits, and furthermore provide an independent constraint. We find that a next generation PRISM-like experiment would allow limits down to g≈O(10{sup −14} GeV{sup −1}), two orders of magnitude stronger than the currently strongest limits in this mass range.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2016/01/038},
journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
number = 01,
volume = 2016,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jan 21 00:00:00 EST 2016},
month = {Thu Jan 21 00:00:00 EST 2016}
}