Progress on the ARIADNE Axion Experiment

ARIADNE Collaboration

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The Axion Resonant InterAction Detection Experiment (ARIADNE) is a collaborative effort to search for the QCD axion using techniques based on nuclear magnetic resonance (Arvanitaki and Geraci, Phys Rev Lett 113:161801, 2014). In the experiment, axions or axion-like particles would mediate short-range spin-dependent interactions between a laser-polarized3He gas and a rotating (unpolarized) tungsten source mass, acting as a tiny, fictitious magnetic field. The experiment has the potential to probe deep within the theoretically interesting regime for the QCD axion in the mass range of 0.1–10 meV, independently of cosmological assumptions. The experiment relies on a stable rotary mechanism and superconducting magnetic shielding, required to screen the 3He sample from ordinary magnetic noise. Progress on testing the stability of the rotary mechanism is reported, and the design for the superconducting shielding is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicrowave Cavities and Detectors for Axion Research - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop
EditorsGianpaolo Carosi, Gray Rybka, Karl van Bibber
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319927251
StatePublished - 2018
Event2nd Workshop on Microwave Cavities and Detectors for Axion Research, 2017 - Livermore, United States
Duration: Jan 10 2017Jan 13 2017

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Physics
ISSN (Print)0930-8989
ISSN (Electronic)1867-4941


Other2nd Workshop on Microwave Cavities and Detectors for Axion Research, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • 3He
  • Axion
  • Fermions
  • Fifth-force
  • Interaction
  • Magnetometry
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Rotation
  • Superconductor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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