Signals of axion like dark matter in time dependent polarization of light

So Chigusa, Takeo Moroi, Kazunori Nakayama

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We consider the search for axion-like particles (ALPs) by using time series data of the polarization angle of the light. If the condensation of an ALP plays the role of dark matter, the polarization plane of the light oscillates as a function of time and we may be able to detect the signal of the ALP by continuously observing the polarization. In particular, we discuss that the analysis of the Fourier-transformed data of the time-dependent polarization angle is powerful to find the signal of the ALP dark matter. We pay particular attention to the light coming from astrophysical sources such as protoplanetary disks, supernova remnants, the foreground emission of the cosmic microwave background, and so on. We show that, for the ALP mass of ∼10−22–10−19eV, ALP searches in the Fourier space may reach the parameter region which is unexplored by other searches yet.

Original languageEnglish
Article number135288
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 10


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