Online EPT Seminar

Mon, Oct 26, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Seminar to be conducted via zoom.

Speaker: Joshua Foster, University of Michigan

Title : Searches for Astrophysical Axion Conversion with Radio Observations

Abstract : The QCD axion, which may solve the Strong CP problem, and axion-like particles, which arise naturally in many models of high-scale physics, provide theoretically compelling dark-matter and dark-sector candidates. The extreme environments characterized by large magnetic fields, high densities, and high temperatures realized in astrophysical contexts provide natural laboratories to search for axions which couple to electromagnetism and matter. In this talk, I will discuss recent results and ongoing work towards the discovery of axions using radio of neutron stars and neutron star populations.  In particular, I will focus on dedicated radio searches using the Effelsberg and Greenbank Telescopes that have resulted in new constraints on axion DM in the 1-10 mueV range as well as prospects for future observations.

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