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Search for Solar Axions via Axion-Photon Coupling with the Majorana Demonstrator...

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Physical Review Letters
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Axions were originally proposed to explain the strong-CP problem in QCD. Through axion-photon coupling, the Sun could be a major source of axions, which could be measured in solid state detection experiments with enhancements due to coherent Primakoff-Bragg scattering. The Majorana Demonstrator experiment has searched for solar axions with a set of 76Ge-enriched high purity germanium detectors using a 33 kg-yr exposure collected between January, 2017 and November, 2019. A temporal-energy analysis gives a new limit on the axion-photon coupling as gaγ<1.45×10−9  GeV−1 (95% confidence level) for axions with mass up to 100  eV/c2. This improves laboratory-based limits between about 1  eV/c2 and 100  eV/c2.