Research on Axion Discovered by P L Jain & G Singh from UB SUNY

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In summary: The Jan. 2007 issue of the British Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics is publishing the research of P L Jain and G Singh from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. The paper is claiming to have found evidence for the existence of the axion, a hypothetical particle that is thought to be stable. While the paper is interesting, the analysis is flawed and the justification for attributing the 'escesses' to axions is unclear.
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The Jan. 2007 issue of the British Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics is publishing the research of P L Jain and G Singh from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0954-3899/34/1/009
Read it for free before they make you pay for it!

Frank Wilczek is claimed to have once said something like:
Discovering the axion will be one of the greatest triumphs for theoretical physics.
 
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What did the bartender say to the axion?

No charge :)

You can read about what the axion is:
http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/8/11/13/1

(Note that this is MUCH older article dating from 2004 so it does NOT mention the discovery.)
 
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I am not very impressed with the paper. Looking at their figures it is very difficult to see how they can see any statistically significant peaks at all. for example, fig 4b looks like it has peaks all over the place, indicating that the statistical significance is bad. Unfortunately they don't give any quantification of the statistical significance (or indeed account for systematic errors).

Doing a naive statistical analysis myself, there are 1163 events so there are roughly 116 events in the 7MeV 'peak'. Statistically (and naively) we might expect this to have an error of [tex]\sqrt{116} = 10.75[/tex]. The fit looks to be about 6% at this value, which is about 70 events, so this looks like a 4.2 standard deviation effect.

Normally one needs 5 standard deviations for a discovery, and my estimate was very rough and excluded systematic errors.

Also, what is their justification for attributing these 'escesses' with axions?
 
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There is one aspect to this question that I find very confusing. Axions are considered by some to be a candidate for dark matter, which requires them to be stable. However the experiment is about particles with extremely short half lives. Something is wrong!
 

Related to Research on Axion Discovered by P L Jain & G Singh from UB SUNY

What is an axion?

An axion is a hypothetical elementary particle that is thought to have a very small mass and interact very weakly with other particles. It was first proposed in the 1970s to explain a potential symmetry in the strong nuclear force.

How was the axion discovered by P L Jain & G Singh from UB SUNY?

The axion was not actually discovered by P L Jain and G Singh from UB SUNY. They conducted research and developed a theoretical model to explain the properties and behaviors of the axion particle, but it has not yet been experimentally confirmed.

What is the significance of the axion particle?

The axion is significant because it could potentially solve some unanswered questions in particle physics, such as the strong CP problem and the lack of observed dark matter. It could also have implications for cosmology and the Big Bang theory.

Has the existence of the axion been proven?

No, the existence of the axion has not yet been proven. While there have been some experiments that have suggested the presence of axion-like particles, more research and data are needed to confirm the existence of the axion itself.

What further research is needed on the axion?

Further research is needed to confirm the existence of the axion and its properties, as well as to potentially develop experimental methods for detecting and studying the particle. Additionally, more theoretical work may be needed to fully understand the role of the axion in physics and cosmology.

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