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Journal Articles Physical Review D Year : 2007

Effects of Axion-Photon Mixing on Gamma-Ray Spectra from Magnetized Astrophysical Sources

K.A. Hochmuth
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G. Sigl
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Abstract

Astrophysical gamma-ray sources come in a variety of sizes and magnetizations. We deduce general conditions under which gamma-ray spectra from such sources would be significantly affected by axion-photon mixing. We show that, depending on strength and coherence of the magnetic field, axion couplings down to ~ (10^13 GeV)^-1 can give rise to significant axion-photon conversions in the environment of accreting massive black holes. Resonances can occur between the axion mass term and the plasma frequency term as well as between the plasma frequency term and the vacuum Cotton-Mouton shift. Both resonances and non-resonant transitions could induce detectable features or even strong suppressions in finite energy intervals of gamma-ray spectra from active galactic nuclei. Such effects can occur at keV to TeV energies for couplings that are currently allowed by all experimental constraints.

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in2p3-00167846 , version 1 (23-08-2007)

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K.A. Hochmuth, G. Sigl. Effects of Axion-Photon Mixing on Gamma-Ray Spectra from Magnetized Astrophysical Sources. Physical Review D, 2007, 76, pp.123011. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.76.123011⟩. ⟨in2p3-00167846⟩
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