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Title: Searching for a dark photon with DarkLight

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.
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Lab. for Nuclear Science
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Report Number(s):
JLAB-ACC-16-2397; DOE/OR/23177-4023
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002; PII: S0168900216308129
Grant/Contract Number:
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
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Contributing Orgs:
DarkLight Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
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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