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Since the summer of 2003, a large Micromegas TPC prototype (1000 channels, 50 cm drift, 50 cm diameter) has been operated in a 2T superconducting magnet at Saclay. A description of this apparatus and first results from cosmic ray tests are presented. Additionnal measurements using simpler detectors with a laser source, an X-ray gun and radioactive sources(More)
We have searched for solar axions or similar particles that couple to two photons by using the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) setup with improved conditions in all detectors. From the absence of excess X-rays when the magnet was pointing to the Sun, we set an upper limit on the axion-photon coupling of g aγ < 8.8×10 −11 GeV −1 at 95% CL for m a ∼ < 0.02(More)
Hypothetical axionlike particles with a two-photon interaction would be produced in the sun by the Primakoff process. In a laboratory magnetic field ("axion helioscope"), they would be transformed into x-rays with energies of a few keV. Using a decommissioned Large Hadron Collider test magnet, the CERN Axion Solar Telescope ran for about 6 months during(More)
We have searched for solar axions or other pseudoscalar particles that couple to two photons by using the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) setup. Whereas we previously have reported results from CAST with evacuated magnet bores (Phase I), setting limits on lower mass axions, here we report results from CAST where the magnet bores were filled with 4 He gas(More)
We have searched for solar axions or similar particles that couple to two photons by using the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) setup with improved conditions in all detectors. From the absence of excess X-rays when the magnet was pointing to the Sun, we set an upper limit on the axion-photon coupling of g aγ < 8.8×10 −11 GeV −1 at 95% CL for m a ∼ < 0.02(More)
The International Linear Collider (ILC) Time Projection Chamber (TPC) transverse space-point resolution goal is 100 µm for all tracks including stiff 90 • tracks with the full ∼2 m drift. A Micro Pattern Gas Detector (MPGD) readout TPC can achieve the target resolution with existing techniques using 1 mm or narrower pads at the expense of increased detector(More)
A low background Micromegas detector has been operating on the CAST experiment at CERN for the search of solar axions during the first phase of the experiment (2002-2004). The detector operated efficiently and achieved a very low level of background rejection (5 × 10 −5 counts keV −1 cm −2 s −1) thanks to its good spatial and energy resolution as well as(More)
We present the results of a search for a high-energy axion emission signal from 7 Li (0.478 MeV) and D(p, γ) 3 He (5.5 MeV) nuclear transitions using a low-background γ-ray calorimeter during Phase I of the CAST experiment. These so-called " hadronic axions " could provide a solution to the long-standing strong-CP problem and can be emitted from the solar(More)
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