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Particle physics with gravitational wave detector technology

Englert, Christoph; Hild, Stefan; Spannowsky, Michael

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Christoph Englert

Stefan Hild


Gravitational wave detector technology provides high-precision measurement apparatuses that, if combined with a modulated particle source, have the potential to measure and constrain particle interactions in a novel way, by measuring the pressure caused by scattering particle beams off the mirror material. Such a measurement does not rely on tagging a final state. This strategy has the potential to allow us to explore novel ways to constrain the presence of new interactions beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics and provide additional constraints to poorly understood cross-sections in the non-perturbative regime of QCD and nuclear physics, which are limiting factors of dark matter and neutrino physics searches. Beyond high-energy physics, if technically feasible, the proposed method to measure nucleon-nucleon interactions can lead to practical applications in material and medical sciences.


Englert, C., Hild, S., & Spannowsky, M. (2018). Particle physics with gravitational wave detector technology. European Physical Society Letters, 123(4), Article 41001.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 19, 2018
Publication Date Sep 19, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2018
Journal Europhysics Letters
Print ISSN 0295-5075
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 123
Issue 4
Article Number 41001


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