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Title Search for axion-like particles through nuclear Primakoff production using the GlueX detector
Authors J.R. Pybus, T. Kolar, B. Devkota, P. Sharp, B. Yu, O. Hen, E. Piasetzky, S.N. Santiesteban, A. Schmidt, A. Somov, Y. Soreq, H. Szumila-Vance, C.S. Akondi, C. Ayerbe Gayoso, V.V. Berdnikov, H. Bhatt, D. Bhetuwal, M.M. Dalton, A. Deur, R. Dotel, C. Fanelli, J. Guo, T.J. Hague, D.W. Higinbotham, N.D. Hoffman, P. Hurck, I. Jaegle, A. Karki, W. Li, V. Lyubovitskij, H. Marukyan, M.D. McCaughan, M.E. McCracken, S. Oresic, Z. Papandreou, C. Paudel, S. Ratliff, E.M. Seroka, S. Somov, I. Strakovsky, K. Suresh, A. Thiel, B. Zihlmann
JLAB number JLAB-PHY-23-3938
LANL number arXiv:2308.06339
Other number DOE/OR/23177-7230
Document Type(s) (Journal Article) 
Associated with EIC: No
Supported by Jefferson Lab LDRD Funding: No
Funding Source: Nuclear Physics (NP)
Other Funding:DE-AC05-06OR23177
U.S-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the Isra

Compiled for Physics Letters B
Publication Abstract: We report on the results of the first search for the production of axion-like particles (ALP) via Primakoff production on nuclear targets using the GlueX detector. This search uses an integrated luminosity of 100 pb?1 ¬∑nucleon on a 12C target, and explores the mass region of 200 < ma < 450 MeV via the decay X ? ??. This mass range is between the ? 0 and ? masses, which enables the use of the measured ? production rate to obtain absolute bounds on the ALP production with reduced sensitivity to experimental luminosity and detection efficiency. We find no evidence for an ALP, consistent with previous searches in the quoted mass range, and present limits on the coupling on the scale of O(1 TeV). We further find that the ALP production limit we obtain is hindered by the peaking structure of the non-target-related dominant background in GlueX, which we treat by using data on 4He to estimate and subtract these backgrounds. We comment on how this search can be improved in a future higher-statistics dedicated measurement.
Experiment Numbers: E12-19-003
Group: Hall D
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