A radio astronomy search for cold dark matter axions

Katharine Kelley

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Abstract

This thesis is a body of work that investigates the prospect of detecting an axion dark matter signature using radio telescopes. I present the key considerations for an astronomical search together with model flux and spectral profiles for a range of astrophysical sources. I focus on non-resonant conversion and explore the differences between the laboratory and sky based searches. I set out an equation for the photon production rate and examine the impact of the local environment. In so doing, I present results for the Milky Way, Galactic centre, Andromeda, Coma cluster and nearby pulsars using published axion models.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date21 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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