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Title: Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon–Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

Abstract

In this paper, we report on the search for spectral irregularities induced by oscillations between photons and axionlike-particles (ALPs) in the γ-ray spectrum of NGC 1275, the central galaxy of the Perseus cluster. Using 6 years of Fermi Large Area Telescope data, we find no evidence for ALPs and exclude couplings above 5 x 10-12 GeV-1 for ALP masses 0.5 ≲ ma ≲ 5 neV at 95% confidence. Finally, the limits are competitive with the sensitivity of planned laboratory experiments, and, together with other bounds, strongly constrain the possibility that ALPs can reduce the γ-ray opacity of the Universe.

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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stockholm Univ. (Sweden)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) (Italy)
Contributing Org.:
The Fermi-LAT Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1355688
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1248257
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515; FIRB-2012-RBFR12PM1F
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

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Ajello, M., Albert, A., Anderson, B., Baldini, L., Barbiellini, G., Bastieri, D., Bellazzini, R., Bissaldi, E., Blandford, R. D., Bloom, E. D., Bonino, R., Bottacini, E., Bregeon, J., Bruel, P., Buehler, R., Caliandro, G. A., Cameron, R. A., Caragiulo, M., Caraveo, P. A., Cecchi, C., Chekhtman, A., Ciprini, S., Cohen-Tanugi, J., Conrad, J., Costanza, F., D’Ammando, F., de Angelis, A., de Palma, F., Desiante, R., Di Mauro, M., Di Venere, L., Domínguez, A., Drell, P. S., Favuzzi, C., Focke, W. B., Franckowiak, A., Fukazawa, Y., Funk, S., Fusco, P., Gargano, F., Gasparrini, D., Giglietto, N., Glanzman, T., Godfrey, G., Guiriec, S., Horan, D., Jóhannesson, G., Katsuragawa, M., Kensei, S., Kuss, M., Larsson, S., Latronico, L., Li, J., Li, L., Longo, F., Loparco, F., Lubrano, P., Madejski, G. M., Maldera, S., Manfreda, A., Mayer, M., Mazziotta, M. N., Meyer, M., Michelson, P. F., Mirabal, N., Mizuno, T., Monzani, M. E., Morselli, A., Moskalenko, I. V., Murgia, S., Negro, M., Nuss, E., Okada, C., Orlando, E., Ormes, J. F., Paneque, D., Perkins, J. S., Pesce-Rollins, M., Piron, F., Pivato, G., Porter, T. A., Rainò, S., Rando, R., Razzano, M., Reimer, A., Sánchez-Conde, M., Sgrò, C., Simone, D., Siskind, E. J., Spada, F., Spandre, G., Spinelli, P., Takahashi, H., Thayer, J. B., Torres, D. F., Tosti, G., Troja, E., Uchiyama, Y., Wood, K. S., Wood, M., Zaharijas, G., and Zimmer, S. Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon–Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.161101.
Ajello, M., Albert, A., Anderson, B., Baldini, L., Barbiellini, G., Bastieri, D., Bellazzini, R., Bissaldi, E., Blandford, R. D., Bloom, E. D., Bonino, R., Bottacini, E., Bregeon, J., Bruel, P., Buehler, R., Caliandro, G. A., Cameron, R. A., Caragiulo, M., Caraveo, P. A., Cecchi, C., Chekhtman, A., Ciprini, S., Cohen-Tanugi, J., Conrad, J., Costanza, F., D’Ammando, F., de Angelis, A., de Palma, F., Desiante, R., Di Mauro, M., Di Venere, L., Domínguez, A., Drell, P. S., Favuzzi, C., Focke, W. B., Franckowiak, A., Fukazawa, Y., Funk, S., Fusco, P., Gargano, F., Gasparrini, D., Giglietto, N., Glanzman, T., Godfrey, G., Guiriec, S., Horan, D., Jóhannesson, G., Katsuragawa, M., Kensei, S., Kuss, M., Larsson, S., Latronico, L., Li, J., Li, L., Longo, F., Loparco, F., Lubrano, P., Madejski, G. M., Maldera, S., Manfreda, A., Mayer, M., Mazziotta, M. N., Meyer, M., Michelson, P. F., Mirabal, N., Mizuno, T., Monzani, M. E., Morselli, A., Moskalenko, I. V., Murgia, S., Negro, M., Nuss, E., Okada, C., Orlando, E., Ormes, J. F., Paneque, D., Perkins, J. S., Pesce-Rollins, M., Piron, F., Pivato, G., Porter, T. A., Rainò, S., Rando, R., Razzano, M., Reimer, A., Sánchez-Conde, M., Sgrò, C., Simone, D., Siskind, E. J., Spada, F., Spandre, G., Spinelli, P., Takahashi, H., Thayer, J. B., Torres, D. F., Tosti, G., Troja, E., Uchiyama, Y., Wood, K. S., Wood, M., Zaharijas, G., & Zimmer, S. Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon–Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.161101.
Ajello, M., Albert, A., Anderson, B., Baldini, L., Barbiellini, G., Bastieri, D., Bellazzini, R., Bissaldi, E., Blandford, R. D., Bloom, E. D., Bonino, R., Bottacini, E., Bregeon, J., Bruel, P., Buehler, R., Caliandro, G. A., Cameron, R. A., Caragiulo, M., Caraveo, P. A., Cecchi, C., Chekhtman, A., Ciprini, S., Cohen-Tanugi, J., Conrad, J., Costanza, F., D’Ammando, F., de Angelis, A., de Palma, F., Desiante, R., Di Mauro, M., Di Venere, L., Domínguez, A., Drell, P. S., Favuzzi, C., Focke, W. B., Franckowiak, A., Fukazawa, Y., Funk, S., Fusco, P., Gargano, F., Gasparrini, D., Giglietto, N., Glanzman, T., Godfrey, G., Guiriec, S., Horan, D., Jóhannesson, G., Katsuragawa, M., Kensei, S., Kuss, M., Larsson, S., Latronico, L., Li, J., Li, L., Longo, F., Loparco, F., Lubrano, P., Madejski, G. M., Maldera, S., Manfreda, A., Mayer, M., Mazziotta, M. N., Meyer, M., Michelson, P. F., Mirabal, N., Mizuno, T., Monzani, M. E., Morselli, A., Moskalenko, I. V., Murgia, S., Negro, M., Nuss, E., Okada, C., Orlando, E., Ormes, J. F., Paneque, D., Perkins, J. S., Pesce-Rollins, M., Piron, F., Pivato, G., Porter, T. A., Rainò, S., Rando, R., Razzano, M., Reimer, A., Sánchez-Conde, M., Sgrò, C., Simone, D., Siskind, E. J., Spada, F., Spandre, G., Spinelli, P., Takahashi, H., Thayer, J. B., Torres, D. F., Tosti, G., Troja, E., Uchiyama, Y., Wood, K. S., Wood, M., Zaharijas, G., and Zimmer, S. Wed . "Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon–Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.161101. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1355688.
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title = {Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon–Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope},
author = {Ajello, M. and Albert, A. and Anderson, B. and Baldini, L. and Barbiellini, G. and Bastieri, D. and Bellazzini, R. and Bissaldi, E. and Blandford, R. D. and Bloom, E. D. and Bonino, R. and Bottacini, E. and Bregeon, J. and Bruel, P. and Buehler, R. and Caliandro, G. A. and Cameron, R. A. and Caragiulo, M. and Caraveo, P. A. and Cecchi, C. and Chekhtman, A. and Ciprini, S. and Cohen-Tanugi, J. and Conrad, J. and Costanza, F. and D’Ammando, F. and de Angelis, A. and de Palma, F. and Desiante, R. and Di Mauro, M. and Di Venere, L. and Domínguez, A. and Drell, P. S. and Favuzzi, C. and Focke, W. B. and Franckowiak, A. and Fukazawa, Y. and Funk, S. and Fusco, P. and Gargano, F. and Gasparrini, D. and Giglietto, N. and Glanzman, T. and Godfrey, G. and Guiriec, S. and Horan, D. and Jóhannesson, G. and Katsuragawa, M. and Kensei, S. and Kuss, M. and Larsson, S. and Latronico, L. and Li, J. and Li, L. and Longo, F. and Loparco, F. and Lubrano, P. and Madejski, G. M. and Maldera, S. and Manfreda, A. and Mayer, M. and Mazziotta, M. N. and Meyer, M. and Michelson, P. F. and Mirabal, N. and Mizuno, T. and Monzani, M. E. and Morselli, A. and Moskalenko, I. V. and Murgia, S. and Negro, M. and Nuss, E. and Okada, C. and Orlando, E. and Ormes, J. F. and Paneque, D. and Perkins, J. S. and Pesce-Rollins, M. and Piron, F. and Pivato, G. and Porter, T. A. and Rainò, S. and Rando, R. and Razzano, M. and Reimer, A. and Sánchez-Conde, M. and Sgrò, C. and Simone, D. and Siskind, E. J. and Spada, F. and Spandre, G. and Spinelli, P. and Takahashi, H. and Thayer, J. B. and Torres, D. F. and Tosti, G. and Troja, E. and Uchiyama, Y. and Wood, K. S. and Wood, M. and Zaharijas, G. and Zimmer, S.},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we report on the search for spectral irregularities induced by oscillations between photons and axionlike-particles (ALPs) in the γ-ray spectrum of NGC 1275, the central galaxy of the Perseus cluster. Using 6 years of Fermi Large Area Telescope data, we find no evidence for ALPs and exclude couplings above 5 x 10-12 GeV-1 for ALP masses 0.5 ≲ ma ≲ 5 neV at 95% confidence. Finally, the limits are competitive with the sensitivity of planned laboratory experiments, and, together with other bounds, strongly constrain the possibility that ALPs can reduce the γ-ray opacity of the Universe.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.161101},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 16,
volume = 116,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

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