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Sensitivity of the SHiP experiment to dark photons decaying to a pair of charged particles

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Ahdida C., Akmete A., Albanese R., Alexandrov A., Anokhina A., Aoki S., Arduini G., Atkin E., Azorskiy N., Back J. J., Bagulya A., Santos F. Baaltasar Dos, Baranov A., Bardou F., Barker G. J., Battistin M., Bauche J., Bay A., Bayliss V., Bencivenni G., Berdnikov A. Y., Berdnikov Y. A., Bertani M., Betancourt C., et al. ,
Project Search for hidden particles: exploring the high intensity frontier
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal The European Physical Journal C
Volume (Issue) 81(5)
Page(s) 451 - 451
Title of proceedings The European Physical Journal C
DOI 10.1140/epjc/s10052-021-09224-3

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Abstract Dark photons are hypothetical massive vector particles that could mix with ordinary photons. The simplest theoretical model is fully characterised by only two parameters: the mass of the dark photon m $$_{\gamma ^{\mathrm {D}}}$$γD and its mixing parameter with the photon, $$\varepsilon $$ε . The sensitivity of the SHiP detector is reviewed for dark photons in the mass range between 0.002 and 10 GeV. Different production mechanisms are simulated, with the dark photons decaying to pairs of visible fermions, including both leptons and quarks. Exclusion contours are presented and compared with those of past experiments. The SHiP detector is expected to have a unique sensitivity for m $$_{\gamma ^{\mathrm {D}}}$$γD ranging between 0.8 and 3.3 $$^{+0.2}_{-0.5}$$-0.5+0.2 GeV, and $$\varepsilon ^2$$ε2 ranging between $$10^{-11}$$10-11 and $$10^{-17}$$10-17 .