Theory for the direct detection of solar axions by coherent Primakoff conversion in germanium detectors

R. J. Creswick*, F. T. Avignone, H. A. Farach, J. I. Collar, A. O. Gattone, S. Nussinov, K. Zioutas

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Abstract

It is assumed that axion-like Nambu Goldstone bosons exist and are created in the sun by Primakoff conversion of photons in the Coulomb fields of nuclei. Detection rates are calculated in germanium detectors due to the coherent conversion of axions to photons in the lattice when the incident angle fulfills the Bragg condition for a given crystalline plane. The rates are correlated with the relative positions of the sun and detector yielding a definite recognizable sub-diurnal temporal pattern. A major experiment is proposed based on a large detector array.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-240
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume427
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 May 1998

Funding

FundersFunder number
BSFG
Israel USA Foundation
US National Science FoundationINT930INT1522
University of South Carolina Summer Institute for the Foundations of Physics

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