Using a data sample of (1310.6±7.0)×106 J/ψ decay events collected with the BESIII detector at BEPCII, we study the electromagnetic Dalitz decay J/ψ→η′e+e- with two dominant η′ decay modes, η′→γπ+π- and η′→π+π-η. The branching fraction is determined to be B(J/ψ→η′e+e-)=(6.59±0.07±0.17)×10-5, which improves in precision by a factor of 2 over the previous BESIII measurement. A search for the dark photon (γ′) is performed via J/ψ→η′γ′, γ′→e+e-. Excluding the ω and φ mass regions, no significant signal is observed in the mass range from 0.1 to 2.1 GeV/c2. We set upper limits at the 90% confidence level on B(J/ψ→η′γ′)×B(γ′→e+e-), B(J/ψ→η′γ′) and the mixing strength as a function of dark photon mass. This is among the first searches for dark photons in charmonium decays.
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The BESIII Collaboration thanks the staff of BEPCII and the IHEP computing center for their strong support. This work is supported in part by National Key Basic Research Program of China under Contract No. 2015CB856700; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Contracts No. 11235011, No. 11335008, No. 11425524, No. 11625523, and No. 11635010; the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Large-Scale Scientific Facility Program; the CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP); Joint Large-Scale Scientific Facility Funds of the NSFC and CAS under Contracts No. U1232105, No. U1332201, No. U1532257, and No. U1532258; CAS Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences under Contracts No. QYZDJ-SSW-SLH003 and No. QYZDJ-SSW-SLH040; 100 Talents Program of CAS; National 1000 Talents Program of China; INPAC and Shanghai Key Laboratory for Particle Physics and Cosmology; German Research Foundation DFG under Contracts No. Collaborative Research Center CRC 1044 and No. FOR 2359; Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy; Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) under Contract No. 530-4CDP03; Ministry of Development of Turkey under Contract No. DPT2006K-120470; National Science and Technology fund; The Swedish Research Council; U.S. Department of Energy under Contracts No. DE-FG02-05ER41374, No. DE-SC-0010118, No. DE-SC-0010504, and No. DE-SC-0012069; University of Groningen (RuG) and the Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI), Darmstadt; WCU Program of National Research Foundation of Korea under Contract No. R32-2008-000-10155-0.
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