Constraints on Hidden Photons Produced in Nuclear Reactors

Danilov, Mikhail (Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991, Russia) ; Demidov, Sergey (Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 117312, Russia) (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny 141700, Russia) ; Gorbunov, Dmitry (Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 117312, Russia) (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny 141700, Russia)

30 January 2019

Abstract: New light vector particles—hidden photons—are present in many extensions of the standard model of particle physics. They can be produced in nuclear reactors and registered by neutrino detectors. We obtain new limits on the models with the hidden photons from an analysis of published results of the TEXONO neutrino experiment. Accounting for oscillations between the visible and hidden photons, we find that the neutrino experiments are generally insensitive to the hidden photons lighter than 0.1 eV.


Published in: Physical Review Letters 122 (2019)
Published by: APS
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.041801
arXiv: 1804.10777
License: CC-BY-4.0



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