The first search for sub-eV scalar fields via four-wave mixing at a quasi-parallel laser collider

K. Homma, T. Hasebe, K. Kume
2014 Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics  
A search for sub-eV scalar fields coupling to two photons has been performed via four-wave mixing at a quasi-parallel laser collider for the first time. The experiment demonstrates the novel approach to search for resonantly produced sub-eV scalar fields by combining two-color laser fields in the vacuum. The aim of this paper is to provide the concrete experimental setup and the analysis method based on specific combinations of polarization states between incoming and outgoing photons, which is
more » ... g photons, which is extendable to higher intensity laser systems operated at high repetition rates. No significant signal of four-wave mixing was observed by combining a $0.2\mu$J/0.75ns pulse laser and a 2mW CW laser on the same optical axis. Based on the prescription developed for this particular experimental approach, we obtained the upper limit at a confidence level of 95% on the coupling-mass relation.
doi:10.1093/ptep/ptu087 fatcat:vezzljvxmnfcllxkzh647n5oqm