2013-05-07 Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of 57Fe with CUORE crystals
Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of Fe-57 with CUORE crystals
We report the results of a search for axions from the 14.4 keV M1 transition from 57Fe in the core of the sun using the axio-electric effect in TeO2 bolometers. The detectors are 5 × 5 × 5 cm3 crystals operated at about 10 mK in a facility used to test bolometers for the CUORE experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. An analysis of 43.65 kg⋅d of data was made using a newly developed low energy trigger which was optimized to reduce the energy threshold of the detector. An upper limit of 0.58 c⋅kg−1⋅d−1 is established at 95% C.L., which translates into lower bounds fA ≥ 3.12 × 105 GeV 95% C.L. (DFSZ model) and fA ≥ 2.41 × 104 95% C.L. (KSVZ model) on the Peccei-Quinn symmetry-breaking scale, for a value of S = 0.5 of the flavor-singlet axial vector matrix element. These bounds can be expressed in terms of axion masses as mA ≤ 19.2 eV and mA ≤ 250 eV at 95% C.L. in the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively. Bounds are given also for the interval 0.35 ≤ S ≤ 0.55.