Faculté des sciences

Search for axionlike dark matter through nuclear spin precession in electric and magnetic fields

Abel, C. ; Ayres, N.?J. ; Ban, G. ; Bison, G. ; Bodek, K. ; Bondar, V. ; Daum, M. ; Fairbairn, M. ; Flambaum, V.?V. ; Geltenbort, P. ; Green, K. ; Griffith, W.?C. ; Grinten, M. van der ; Grujiæ, Z.?D. ; Harris, P.?G. ; Hild, N. ; Iaydjiev, P. ; Ivanov, S.?N. ; Kasprzak, M. ; Kermaidic, Y. ; Kirch, K. ; Koch, H.-C. ; Komposch, S. ; Koss, P.?A. ; Kozela, A. ; Krempel, J. ; Lauss, B. ; Lefort, T. ; Lemi?re, Y. ; Marsh, D.?J.?E. ; Mohanmurthy, P. ; Mtchedlishvili, A. ; Musgrave, M. ; Piegsa, F.?M. ; Pignol, G. ; Rawlik, M. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Ries, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Rozpêdzik, D. ; Schmidt-Wellenburg, P. ; Severijns, N. ; Shiers, D. ; Stadnik, Y.?V. ; Weis, Antoine ; Wursten, E. ; Zejma, J. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Physical Review X, 2017, vol. 7, no. 4, p. 041034

We report on a search for ultralow-mass axionlike dark matter by analyzing the ratio of the spin-precession frequencies of stored ultracold neutrons and 199Hg atoms for an axion-induced oscillating electric dipole moment of the neutron and an axion-wind spin-precession effect. No signal consistent with dark matter is observed for the axion mass range 10−24≤ma≤10−17 eV. Our null result... More

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    We report on a search for ultralow-mass axionlike dark matter by analyzing the ratio of the spin-precession frequencies of stored ultracold neutrons and 199Hg atoms for an axion-induced oscillating electric dipole moment of the neutron and an axion-wind spin-precession effect. No signal consistent with dark matter is observed for the axion mass range 10−24≤ma≤10−17 eV. Our null result sets the first laboratory constraints on the coupling of axion dark matter to gluons, which improve on astrophysical limits by up to 3 orders of magnitude, and also improves on previous laboratory constraints on the axion coupling to nucleons by up to a factor of 40.