Microwave Cavities and Detectors for Axion Research

Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop

  • Gianpaolo Carosi
  • Gray Rybka
  • Karl van Bibber
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 211)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ian Stern, N. S. Sullivan, D. B. Tanner
    Pages 21-29
  3. Shriram Jois, N. S. Sullivan, D. B. Tanner
    Pages 31-37
  4. Ben T. McAllister, Maxim Goryachev, Michael E. Tobar
    Pages 53-59
  5. Nathan Woollett, Gianpaolo Carosi
    Pages 61-65
  6. Ian Stern, D. B. Tanner
    Pages 75-85
  7. Akash Dixit, Aaron Chou, David Schuster
    Pages 97-103
  8. L. Zhong, B. M. Brubaker, S. B. Cahn, S. K. Lamoreaux
    Pages 105-109
  9. Sung Woo Youn
    Pages 111-117
  10. Ben T. McAllister, Michael E. Tobar
    Pages 119-125
  11. N. Crisosto, P. Sikivie, N. S. Sullivan, D. B. Tanner
    Pages 127-133
  12. Yonatan Kahn for the ABRACADABRA Collaboration
    Pages 135-142
  13. N. Crescini, D. Alesini, C. Braggio, G. Carugno, D. Di Gioacchino, C. S. Gallo et al.
    Pages 143-150
  14. A. A. Geraci for the ARIADNE Collaboration, H. Fosbinder-Elkins, C. Lohmeyer, J. Dargert, M. Cunningham, M. Harkness et al.
    Pages 151-161

About these proceedings


The nature of dark matter remains one of the preeminent mysteries in physics and cosmology. It appears to require the existence of new particles whose interactions to ordinary matter are extraordinarily feeble. One well-motivated candidate is the axion, an extraordinarily light neutral particle that may possibly be detected by looking for their conversion to detectable microwaves in the presence of a strong magnetic field. This has led to a number of experimental searches that are beginning to probe plausible axion model space and may discover the axion in the near future. 
These proceedings discuss the challenges of designing and operating tunable resonant cavities and detectors at ultralow temperatures. The topics discussed here have potential application far beyond the field of dark matter detection and may be applied to resonant cavities for accelerators as well as designing superconducting detectors for quantum information and computing applications. This work is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in learning the unique requirements for designing and operating microwave cavities and detectors for direct axion searches and to introduce several proposed experimental concepts that are still in the prototype stage.

  • Describes unique designs for microwave cavity axion searches
  • Includes detectors for ultra-low noise microwave applications
  • Presents new methods of axion dark matter detection


Superconducting Detectors axion-to-photon conversion accelerator cavities primordial axion particles axion-to-photon conversions microstrip SQUIDs Dark Matter superconducting quantum limited amplifier technology designing microwave cavities for axion searches

Editors and affiliations

  • Gianpaolo Carosi
    • 1
  • Gray Rybka
    • 2
  • Karl van Bibber
    • 3
  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National SecurityLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Physics and Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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