The HPS experiment at JLab
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Published online: 12 April 2017
Many Beyond-Standard-Model theories predict a new massive gauge boson, such as a “dark” or “heavy photon”. The heavy photon is expected to mix with the Standard Model photon through kinetic mixing and therefore have a small coupling to electric charge. The Heavy Photon Search (HPS) experiment is searching for a heavy photon at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), in the mass range 20-500 MeV/c2. In particular HPS looks for the e+e− decay channel of heavy photons radiated by electron Bremsstrahlung, employing both an invariant mass search and detached vertexing techniques. The experiment employs a compact forward spectrometer comprising silicon microstrip detectors for vertexing and tracking and an electromagnetic calorimeter for particle identification and triggering. HPS took data successfully in 2015 and 2016 at 1.05 GeV and 2.3 GeV beam energies, respectively. First results are expected to be presented soon.
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