CAPP’s axion data with frequency range from 2.45 to 2.75 GHz
August 02, 2019
CAPP’s flagship axion experiment, CULTASK, employs dilution refrigerators to lower the physical temperature of resonant cavities to less than 40 mK - the coldest ever for axion search. We prepared a complete set of the microwave axion detector (CAPP-PACE) equipped with an 8 T superconducting magnet with 12 cm inner bore in order to search for axions with frequency around 2.5 GHz. The frequency tuning system installed in a split-design resonant cavity with a high Q-factor utilizes piezoelectric actuators with interchangeable sapphire and copper rods and performs flawlessly in searching a wide range of axion mass. The feeble signal (~10^-24 W) from the cavity is amplified and transmitted through the RF receiver chain, specially designed to minimize the noise temperature of the system employing an 1 K HEMT or a quantum-limited SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) amplifier in order to raise the sensitivity and eventually speed up the axion search. I will present the results of CAPP’s first physics data runs in the axion mass range from 2.45 to 2.75 GHz and discuss our future plans and R&D projects.
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