Apr 19 – 21, 2017
Trieste - Italia
Europe/Rome timezone
Proceedings: Il Nuovo Cimento C, Vol. 41, N. 1-2, 2018 : https://www.sif.it/riviste/sif/ncc/econtents/2018/041/01-02

Search for invisible decay of a dark photon produced in e+e- collisions at BABAR

Apr 19, 2017, 12:05 PM
Aula Magna - Edificio H3 (Trieste - Italia)

Aula Magna - Edificio H3

Trieste - Italia

Università degli Studi di Trieste Via Valerio nº 12/2 I-34127 Trieste (TS)
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Fabio Anulli (ROMA1)


We search for single-photon events in 53 fb-1 of e+e- collision data collected with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II B-factory. We look for events with a single high-energy photon and a large missing momentum and energy, consistent with production of a spin-1 particle A’ through the process e+e- -> gamma A’, A’ -> invisible. Such particles, referred to as “dark photons”, are motivated by theories applying a U(1) gauge symmetry to dark matter. We find no evidence for such processes and set 90% confidence level upper limits on the coupling strength of A’ to e+e- for a dark photon with a mass lower than 8 GeV. In particular, our limits exclude the values of the A’ coupling suggested by the dark-photon interpretation of the muon (g-2) anomaly, as well as a broad range of parameters.

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