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Title: APEX: An electron fixed-target experiment to search for a new vector boson A′ Decaying to e{sup +}e{sup −}

The A' EXperiment (APEX) is designed to search for new vector bosons that have small couplings to charged particles. Such vectors can arise naturally from a small kinetic mixing of a new 'dark photon' (A') with the photon - one of the very few ways in which new forces can couple to the Standard Model - and have received considerable attention as an explanation of various dark matter related anomalies. A' bosons are produced by radiation off an electron beam, and could appear as narrow resonances with small production cross-section in the QED e{sup +}e{sup −} spectrum. We plan to search for an A' using the CEBAF electron beam at energies of 1-4 GeV incident on 0.5-10% radiation length multi-foil tungsten targets, and measure the resulting e{sup +}e{sup −} pairs using the High Resolution Spectrometers and a septum magnet in Hall A at Jefferson Lab. With a 33-day run, APEX will explore the region 50 MeV < m{sub A′} < 550 MeV with couplings alpha'/alpha down to 10{sup −7}. This proceeding summarizes the experiment, test run results, and comments on future plans.
Authors:
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  1. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Ontario (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22280668
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1563; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Workshop to explore physics opportunities with intense, polarized electron beams at 50-300 MeV, Cambridge, MA (United States), 14-16 Mar 2013; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CEBAF ACCELERATOR; CHARGED PARTICLES; CROSS SECTIONS; ELECTRON BEAMS; ELECTRONS; GEV RANGE; INTERMEDIATE VECTOR BOSONS; MEV RANGE; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PARTICLE IDENTIFICATION; PARTICLE PRODUCTION; PHOTONS; POSITRONS; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; RADIATION LENGTH; SEPTUM MAGNETS; STANDARD MODEL