Constraining the axion–photon coupling using radio data of the Bullet cluster

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Abstract

Axion is one of the most popular candidates of the cosmological dark matter. Recent studies considering the misalignment production of axions suggest some benchmark axion mass ranges near ma∼ 20 μeV. For such axion mass, the spontaneous decay of axions can give photons in radio band frequency ν∼ 1 - 3 GHz, which can be detected by radio telescopes. In this article, we show that using radio data of galaxy clusters would be excellent to constrain axion dark matter. Specifically, by using radio data of the Bullet cluster (1E 0657-55.8), we find that the upper limit of the axion–photon coupling constant can be constrained to gaγγ∼ 10 - 12- 10 - 11 GeV- 1 for ma∼ 20 μeV, which is tighter than the limit obtained by the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST). Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article number20087
JournalScientific Reports
Volume11
Early online dateOct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Chan, M. H. (2021). Constraining the axion–photon coupling using radio data of the Bullet cluster. Scientific Reports, 11. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-99495-3

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