Resonantly Detecting Axion-Mediated Forces with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Asimina Arvanitaki, Andrew A. Geraci*

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We describe a method based on precision magnetometry that can extend the search for axion-mediated spin-dependent forces by several orders of magnitude. By combining techniques used in nuclear magnetic resonance and short-distance tests of gravity, our approach can substantially improve upon current experimental limits set by astrophysics, and probe deep into the theoretically interesting regime for the Peccei-Quinn (PQ) axion. Our method is sensitive to PQ axion decay constants between 109 and 1012GeV or axion masses between 10-6 and 10-3eV, independent of the cosmic axion abundance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161801
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 14 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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