New limits on dark photons from solar emission and keV scale dark matter

Haipeng An, Maxim Pospelov, Josef Pradler, Adam Ritz

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We provide updates to the limits on solar emission of dark photons or more generally, any light vector particle coupled to the electron vector current. The recent 2019 and 2020 electronic recoil data from XENON1T now provide more stringent constraints on these models than the stellar energy loss in the sub-keV mass region. We also show that solar emission of dark photons does not provide a good fit to the recent XENON1T excess in the 2-5 keV energy bins. In contrast, the absorption of 2-4 keV mass dark photons that saturate the local dark matter mass density does provide a good fit to the excess, for mixing angles in the range ϵ(4-12)×10-16, while satisfying astrophysical constraints. Similarly, other models utilizing the vector portal can fit the excess, including those with operators that directly couple the dark photon field strength to electron spin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115022
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 18 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
H. A. is supported by NSFC under Grant No. 11975134, the National Key Research and Development Program of China under Grant No. 2017YFA0402204, and Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program. M. P. is supported in part by U.S. Department of Energy (Grant No. DE-SC0011842). J. P. is supported by the New Frontiers Program by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Grant No. FG 1. A. R. is supported in part by NSERC, Canada.

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© 2020 authors. Published by the American Physical Society.


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