Search for Invisible Axion Dark Matter with a Multiple-Cell Haloscope
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A new detector may help speed up the search for an elusive particle that could solve some of the greatest mysteries of modern physics.
First proposed in 1977, the axion is a hypothetical particle that may be the source of the mysterious dark matter, which physicists believe accounts for 85% of the total mass of the Universe. But the axion has defied detection, despite decades of searching.
Now, a team of six researchers from the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea and a collaborator have devised a detector that could look for axions in certain frequency ranges four times faster than the most sensitive detector to date.
The detector has a sliced-pizza-like arrangement of partitioned cavities. This design enables it to look at high frequencies without sacrificing detection volume.
- Physical Review Letters 125, 221302 (2020). doi: 10.1103/physrevlett.125.221302
|Division of Physics, IBS, South Korea
|Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
|Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea