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Proposed experiment to produce and detect light pseudoscalars

Van Bibber, K. and Dagdeviren, N. R. and Koonin, S. E. and Kerman, A. K. and Nelson, H. N. (1987) Proposed experiment to produce and detect light pseudoscalars. Physical Review Letters, 59 (7). pp. 759-762. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.59.759.

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We propose a laboratory experiment to produce and detect a light neutral pseudoscalar particle that couples to two photons. The pseudoscalar would be produced by a (real) photon from a laser beam interacting with a second (virtual) photon from a static magnetic field; it would be detected after it reconverts to a real photon in a duplicate magnetic field. The bounds on the coupling constant that could be obtained from a null result in such an experiment compete favorably with astrophysical limits and would substantially improve those from direct measurements.

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Additional Information:©1987 The American Physical Society Received 12 May 1987 We would like to acknowledge early discussions with J. Margulies and valuable comments from A. Ansel'm, O. Fackler, M. Feld, M. Johnson, D. Morris, M. Mugge, J. Preskill, and E. Willen. This work was supported in part by the Department of Energy under Contracts No. DE-AC02-76ER03069 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), No. DE-AC03-76SF00515 (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), and No. W-7405-ENG-48 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), and by the National Science Foundation under Contracts No. NSF-PHY85-05682 and No. NSF-PHY86-04197 (California Institute of Technology).
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