Search for production of an invisible dark photon in π 0 decays

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The results of a search for π0 decays to a photon and an invisible massive dark photon at the NA62 experiment at the CERN SPS are reported. From a total of 4.12 × 108 tagged π0 mesons, no signal is observed. Assuming a kinetic-mixing interaction, limits are set on the dark photon coupling to the ordinary photon as a function of the dark photon mass, improving on previous searches in the mass range 60–110 MeV/c2. The present results are interpreted in terms of an upper limit of the branching ratio of the electro-weak decay π→ γνν¯ , improving the current limit by more than three orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Article number182
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Article funded by SCOAP3.

Funding Information:
(Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) contracts 05H12UM5, 05H15UMCNA and 05H18UMCNA, Germany; INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), Italy; MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca), Italy; CONACyT (Consejo Na-cional de Ciencia y Tecnología), Mexico; IFA (Institute of Atomic Physics), Romania; INR-RAS (Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow, Russia; JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research), Dubna, Russia; NRC (National Research Center) “Kurchatov Institute” and MESRF (Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation), Russia; MESRS (Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport), Slovakia; CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Switzerland; STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), United Kingdom; NSF (National Science Foundation) Award Number 1506088, U.S.A.; ERC (European Research Council) “UniversaLepto” advanced grant 268062, “KaonLepton” starting grant 336581, Europe.

Funding Information:
The cost of the experiment and of its auxiliary systems were supported by the funding agencies of the Collaboration Institutes. We are particularly indebted to: F.R.S.-FNRS (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS), Belgium; BMES (Ministry of Education, Youth and Science), Bulgaria; NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), Canada; NRC (National Research Council) contribution to TRIUMF, Canada; MEYS (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports), Czech Republic; BMBF

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