Jul 5 – 10, 2021
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Constraining dark photons from CMB data

Jul 6, 2021, 10:36 AM
Invited talk in the parallel session New Horizons in Cosmology with CMB Spectral Distortions New Horizons in Cosmology with CMB Spectral Distortions


Anastasia Sokolenko (Austrian Academy of Sciences)


Photons propagating through the Universe acquire the effective mass that depends on the local density of free charges. This means that if a light new particle that mixes with photons (e.g. dark photon or axions) exists in Nature, photons can be resonantly converted into such particles at numerous places along a typical line of sight. In particular, this can result in specific distortions both in the energy spectrum and small-scale anisotropies in the CMB. Utilizing the results from the EAGLE 100 Mpc simulation, we predict the distribution of the conversion probability over the sky. Comparing these predictions with the brightness temperature measurements of COBE/FIRAS and the CMB anisotropy measurements of Planck and SPT allows us to rule out a significant portion of the parameter space of dark photon. The results are further applied to constrain a proposed model to explain the strength of 21 cm absorption observed by EDGES.

Primary authors

Anastasia Sokolenko (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Josef Pradler (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Kyrylo Bondarenko (CERN)

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