Dark Photons probes in the universe: from CMB to Lyman-alpha forest

10.02.2023 11:50 – 12:50

The dark photon is a well-motivated extension of the Standard Model which can mix with the regular photon. Whenever the dark photon mass matches the photon plasma frequency, a resonant conversion between photons and dark photons is possible. These conversions can produce observable cosmological signatures, including distortions to the cosmic radiation background. In the first part of this talk, I will discuss a new analytic formalism for these conversions that can account for the inhomogeneous distribution of matter in our universe, leading to new limits on the mixing parameter of light dark photons using COBE/FIRAS measurement of the cosmic microwave background spectrum. In the second part of the talk I will then discuss how one can use Lyman-alpha observation to look for these resonant conversions, if dark photon is also the dark matter.


Bâtiment: Ecole de Physique

Room 234

Organisé par

Département de physique théorique


Andrea Caputo, CERN

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: Cosmology, Beyond Standard Model, Dark Photons

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