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Search for Spectral Irregularities due to Photon-Axionlike-Particle Oscillations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
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2016 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 116, no 16, 161101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report on the search for spectral irregularities induced by oscillations between photons and axionlike-particles (ALPs) in the gamma-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 x 10(-12) GeV-1 for ALP masses 0.5 less than or similar to m(a) less than or similar to 5 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 gamma-ray opacity of the Universe.

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2016. Vol. 116, no 16, 161101
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130872DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.161101ISI: 000374559300002PubMedID: 27152783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130872DiVA: diva2:934708
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-09Bibliographically approved

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