Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon-Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

M. Ajello, A. Albert, B. Anderson, L. Baldini, G. Barbiellini, D. Bastieri, R. Bellazzini, E. Bissaldi, R. D. Blandford, E. D. Bloom, R. Bonino, E. Bottacini, J. Bregeon, P. Bruel, R. Buehler, G. A. Caliandro, R. A. Cameron, M. Caragiulo, P. A. Caraveo, C. CecchiA. Chekhtman, S. Ciprini, J. Cohen-Tanugi, J. Conrad, F. Costanza, F. D'Ammando, A. De Angelis, F. De Palma, R. Desiante, M. Di Mauro, L. Di Venere, A. Domínguez, P. S. Drell, C. Favuzzi, W. B. Focke, A. Franckowiak, Y. Fukazawa, S. Funk, P. Fusco, F. Gargano, D. Gasparrini, N. Giglietto, T. Glanzman, G. Godfrey, S. Guiriec, D. Horan, G. Jóhannesson, M. Katsuragawa, S. Kensei, M. Kuss, S. Larsson, L. Latronico, J. Li, L. Li, F. Longo, F. Loparco, P. Lubrano, G. M. Madejski, S. Maldera, A. Manfreda, M. Mayer, M. N. Mazziotta, M. Meyer, P. F. Michelson, N. Mirabal, T. Mizuno, M. E. Monzani, A. Morselli, I. V. Moskalenko, S. Murgia, M. Negro, E. Nuss, C. Okada, E. Orlando, J. F. Ormes, D. Paneque, J. S. Perkins, M. Pesce-Rollins, F. Piron, G. Pivato, T. A. Porter, S. Rainò, R. Rando, M. Razzano, A. Reimer, M. Sánchez-Conde, C. Sgrò, D. Simone, E. J. Siskind, F. Spada, G. Spandre, P. Spinelli, H. Takahashi, J. B. Thayer, D. F. Torres, G. Tosti, E. Troja, Y. Uchiyama, K. S. Wood, M. Wood

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    Abstract

    © 2016 American Physical Society. We report on the search for spectral irregularities induced by oscillations between photons and axionlike-particles (ALPs) in the γ-ray spectrum of NGC 1275, the central galaxy of the Perseus cluster. Using 6 years of Fermi Large Area Telescope data, we find no evidence for ALPs and exclude couplings above 5×10-12 GeV-1 for ALP masses 0.5ma5 neV at 95% confidence. The limits are competitive with the sensitivity of planned laboratory experiments, and, together with other bounds, strongly constrain the possibility that ALPs can reduce the γ-ray opacity of the Universe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number161101
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume116
    Issue number16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

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