DALI(PoP). Pioneering the tunable broad band search for axion dark matter above 25 μeV

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    The detection of the axion would be one of the most important events in the history of science. This hypothetical particle can simultaneously solve two fundamental questions of modern physics: the problem of violation of charge-parity (CP) symmetry in the strong interaction and the mystery of dark matter. The axion couples to photons. The search for the axion at high frequencies - above 6 GHz - is well motivated, but poorly explored due to the lack of a reliable technique to scan wide bands at high frequencies with high sensitivity. The aim of this project is to search for axionic dark matter in the 6-8 GHz broadband with a sensitivity improved by an order of magnitude over the state of the art. To achieve this, a novel prototype detector will be fabricated and tested.

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