We study the electromagnetic Dalitz decay J/ψ→e+e-η and search for dielectron decays of a dark gauge boson (γ′) in J/ψ→γ′η with the two η decay modes η→γγ and η→π+π-π0 using (1310.6±7.0)×106 J/ψ events collected with the BESIII detector. The branching fraction of J/ψ→e+e-η is measured to be (1.43±0.04(stat)±0.06(syst))×10-5, with a precision that is improved by a factor of 1.5 over the previous BESIII measurement. The corresponding dielectron invariant mass dependent modulus square of the transition form factor is explored for the first time, and the pole mass is determined to be Λ=2.84±0.11(stat)±0.08(syst) GeV/c2. We find no evidence of γ′ production and set 90% confidence level upper limits on the product branching fraction B(J/ψ→γ′η)×B(γ′→e+e-) as well as the kinetic mixing strength between the standard model photon and γ′ in the mass range of 0.01≤mγ′≤2.4 GeV/c2.
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The BESIII collaboration thanks the staff of BEPCII, the IHEP computing center and the supercomputing center of USTC 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 Nos. 11235011, 11322544, 11335008, 11375170, 11275189, 11425524, 11475164, 11475169, 11625523, 11605196, 11605198, 11635010, 11705192; 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 Nos. U1332201, U1532257, U1532258, U1532102; CAS under Contracts Nos. KJCX2-YW-N29, KJCX2-YW-N45, QYZDJ-SSW-SLH003; 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 Nos. Collaborative Research Center CRC 1044, FOR 2359; Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy; Joint Large-Scale Scientific Facility Funds of the NSFC and CAS; Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) under Contract No. 530-4CDP03; Ministry of Development of Turkey under Contract No. DPT2006K-120470; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); National Science and Technology fund; The Swedish Research Council; U.S. Department of Energy under Contracts Nos. DE-FG02-05ER41374, DE-SC-0010118, DE-SC-0010504, 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.