Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Dark sector studies with the PADME experiment

Jul 7, 2022, 11:45 AM
Room 10 (Magenta B)

Room 10 (Magenta B)

Parallel Talk Beyond the Standard Model Beyond the Standard Model


Paolo Valente (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)


Today the investigation of dark matter nature, its origin, and the way it interacts with ordinary matter plays a crucial role in fundamental science. Several particle physics experiments at accelerators are searching for hidden particles signals to contribute setting more stringent limits on the characteristics of dark matter.
The Positron Annihilation into Dark Matter Experiment (PADME), ongoing at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN, is looking for hidden particle signals by studying the missing-mass spectrum of single photon final states resulting from positrons annihilation on the electrons of a fixed target. PADME is expected to reach a sensitivity of up to 10$^{-6}$ on $\epsilon^2$ (kinetic mixing coefficient) representing the coupling of a low-mass dark photon (m< 23.7MeV) with ordinary photons.
By measuring the cross-section of the process e$^+$ e$^-$$\rightarrow \gamma \gamma$ at √s=21 MeV and comparing it with SM expectation, it is also possible to set limits on hidden particles decays to photon pairs. In this talk details on the PADME measurement of two-photon annihilation cross-section will be illustrated with its implication to the dark matter studies.

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