The Milky Way magnetic field can trigger conversions between photons and axionlike particles (ALPs), leading to peculiar features on the observable photon spectra. Previous studies considered only the regular component of the magnetic field. However, observations consistently show the existence of an additional turbulent component, with a similar strength and correlated on a scale of a few 10 pc. We investigate the impact of the turbulent magnetic field on the ALP-photon conversions, characterizing the effects numerically and analytically. We show that the turbulent magnetic field can change the conversion probability by up to a factor of two and may lead to observable irregularities in the observable photon spectra from different astrophysical sources.

Turbulent axion-photon conversions in the Milky Way TURBULENT AXION-PHOTON CONVERSIONS in the MILKY ... CARENZA, EVOLI, GIANNOTTI, MIRIZZI, and MONTANINO

Carenza P.;Mirizzi A.;
2021-01-01

Abstract

The Milky Way magnetic field can trigger conversions between photons and axionlike particles (ALPs), leading to peculiar features on the observable photon spectra. Previous studies considered only the regular component of the magnetic field. However, observations consistently show the existence of an additional turbulent component, with a similar strength and correlated on a scale of a few 10 pc. We investigate the impact of the turbulent magnetic field on the ALP-photon conversions, characterizing the effects numerically and analytically. We show that the turbulent magnetic field can change the conversion probability by up to a factor of two and may lead to observable irregularities in the observable photon spectra from different astrophysical sources.
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