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Constraints on axionlike particles with H.E.S.S. from the irregularity of the PKS 2155-304 energy spectrum.

Abramowski, A. and Acero, F. and Aharonian, F. and Ait Benkhali, F. and Akhperjanian, A.G. and Angüner, E. and Anton, G. and Balenderan, S. and Balzer, A. and Barnacka, A. and Becherini, Y. and Becker Tjus, J. and Bernlöhr, K. and Birsin, E. and Bissaldi, E. and Biteau, J. and Boisson, C. and Bolmont, J. and Bordas, P. and Brucker, J. and Brun, F. and Brun, P. and Bulik, T. and Carrigan, S. and Casanova, S. and Cerruti, M. and Chadwick, P.M. and Chalme-Calvet, R. and Chaves, R.C.G. and Cheesebrough, A. and Chrétien, M. and Colafrancesco, S. and Cologna, G. and Conrad, J. and Couturier, C. and Dalton, M. and Daniel, M.K. and Davids, I.D. and Degrange, B. and Deil, C. and deWilt, P. and Dickinson, H.J. and Djannati-Ataï, A. and Domainko, W. and Drury, L.O'C. and Dubus, G. and Dutson, K. and Dyks, J. and Dyrda, M. and Edwards, T. and Egberts, K. and Eger, P. and Espigat, P. and Farnier, C. and Fegan, S. and Feinstein, F. and Fernandes, M.V. and Fernandez, D. and Fiasson, A. and Fontaine, G. and Förster, A. and Fußling, M. and Gajdus, M. and Gallant, Y.A. and Garrigoux, T. and Gast, H. and Giebels, B. and Glicenstein, J.F. and Göring, D. and Grondin, M.-H. and Grudzińska, M. and Häffner, S. and Hague, J.D. and Hahn, J. and Harris, J. and Heinzelmann, G. and Henri, G. and Hermann, G. and Hervet, O. and Hillert, A. and Hinton, J.A. and Hofmann, W. and Hofverberg, P. and Holler, M. and Horns, D. and Jacholkowska, A. and Jahn, C. and Jamrozy, M. and Janiak, M. and Jankowsky, F. and Jung, I. and Kastendieck, M.A. and Katarzyński, K. and Katz, U. and Kaufmann, S. and Khélifi, B. and Kieffer, M. and Klepser, S. and Klochkov, D. and Kluźniak, W. and Kneiske, T. and Kolitzus, D. and Komin, Nu. and Kosack, K. and Krakau, S. and Krayzel, F. and Krüger, P.P. and Laffon, H. and Lamanna, G. and Lefaucheur, J. and Lemoine-Goumard, M. and Lenain, J.-P. and Lennarz, D. and Lohse, T. and Lopatin, A. and Lu, C.-C. and Marandon, V. and Marcowith, A. and Marx, R. and Maurin, G. and Maxted, N. and Mayer, M. and McComb, T.J.L. and Medina, M.C. and Méhault, J. and Menzler, U. and Meyer, M. and Moderski, R. and Mohamed, M. and Moulin, E. and Murach, T. and Naumann, C.L. and de Naurois, M. and Nedbal, D. and Niemiec, J. and Nolan, S.J. and Oakes, L. and Ohm, S. and de Oña Wilhelmi, E. and Opitz, B. and Ostrowski, M. and Oya, I. and Panter, M. and Parsons, R.D. and Paz Arribas, M. and Pekeur, N.W. and Pelletier, G. and Perez, J. and Petrucci, P.-O. and Peyaud, B. and Pita, S. and Poon, H. and Pühlhofer, G. and Punch, M. and Quirrenbach, A. and Raab, S. and Raue, M. and Reimer, A. and Reimer, O. and Renaud, M. and de los Reyes, R. and Rieger, F. and Rob, L. and Rosier-Lees, S. and Rowell, G. and Rudak, B. and Rulten, C.B. and Sahakian, V. and Sanchez, D.A. and Santangelo, A. and Schlickeiser, R. and Schüssler, F. and Schulz, A. and Schwanke, U. and Schwarzburg, S. and Schwemmer, S. and Sol, H. and Spengler, G. and Spieß, F. and Stawarz, L. and Steenkamp, R. and Stegmann, C. and Stinzing, F. and Stycz, K. and Sushch, I. and Szostek, A. and Tavernet, J.-P. and Terrier, R. and Tluczykont, M. and Trichard, C. and Valerius, K. and van Eldik, C. and Vasileiadis, G. and Venter, C. and Viana, A. and Vincent, P. and Völk, H.J. and Volpe, F. and Vorster, M. and Wagner, S.J. and Wagner, P. and Ward, M. and Weidinger, M. and Weitzel, Q. and White, R. and Wierzcholska, A. and Willmann, P. and Wörnlein, A. and Wouters, D. and Zacharias, M. and Zajczyk, A. and Zdziarski, A.A. and Zech, A. and Zechlin, H.-S. and H.E.S.S. Collaboration, (2013) 'Constraints on axionlike particles with H.E.S.S. from the irregularity of the PKS 2155-304 energy spectrum.', Physical review D., 88 (10). p. 102003.

Abstract

Axionlike particles (ALPs) are hypothetical light (sub-eV) bosons predicted in some extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics. In astrophysical environments comprising high-energy gamma rays and turbulent magnetic fields, the existence of ALPs can modify the energy spectrum of the gamma rays for a sufficiently large coupling between ALPs and photons. This modification would take the form of an irregular behavior of the energy spectrum in a limited energy range. Data from the H.E.S.S. observations of the distant BL Lac object PKS 2155−304 (z=0.116) are used to derive upper limits at the 95% C.L. on the strength of the ALP coupling to photons, gγa<2.1×10−11  GeV−1 for an ALP mass between 15 and 60 neV. The results depend on assumptions on the magnetic field around the source, which are chosen conservatively. The derived constraints apply to both light pseudoscalar and scalar bosons that couple to the electromagnetic field.

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Date of first online publication:November 2013
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