Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
ALP production through non-linear Compton scattering in intense fields
Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK
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Accepted: 1 September 2018
Published online: 26 September 2018
We derive production yields for massive pseudo-scalar and scalar axion-like-particles (ALPs), through non-linear Compton scattering of an electron in the background of low- and high-intensity electromagnetic fields. In particular, we focus on electromagnetic fields from Gaussian plane wave laser pulses. A detailed study of the angular distributions and effects of the scalar and pseudo-scalar masses is presented. It is shown that ultra-relativistic seed electrons can be used to produce scalars and pseudo-scalars with masses up to the order of the electron mass. We briefly discuss future applications of this work towards lab-based searches for light beyond-the-Standard-Model particles.
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