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Searching for Wave-like Dark Matter with QSHS

by I. Bailey, B. Chakraborty, G. Chapman, E.J. Daw, J. Gallop, G. Gregori, E. Hardy, L. Hao, E. Laird, P. Leek, S.Ó.Peatáin, Y. Pashkin, M.G. Perry, M. Piscitelli, E. Romans, J. March-Russell, P. Meeson , S. Sarkar, P.J. Smith, N. Song, M. Soni , B. K. Tan, S. West, S. Withington

Submission summary

Authors (as Contributors): Gianluca Gregori · Subir Sarkar · Paul J. Smith
Submission information
Preprint link: scipost_202210_00019v1
Date accepted: 2023-04-24
Date submitted: 2022-10-03 12:30
Submitted by: Smith, Paul J.
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Proceedings
Proceedings issue: 14th International Conference on Identification of Dark Matter (IDM2022)
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • Gravitation, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Approach: Experimental


In 2021 the Quantum Sensors for the Hidden Sector (QSHS) collaboration was founded in the UK and received funding to develop and demonstrate quantum devices with the potential to detect hidden sector particles in the µeV to 100 µeV mass window. The collaboration has been developing a range of devices and has started to develop a high-field, low-temperature facility at the University of Sheffield to characterise and test the devices in a haloscope geometry. This paper introduces the motivation behind QSHS collaboration, its aims and its current progress.

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Editorial decision: For Journal SciPost Physics Proceedings: Publish
(status: Editorial decision fixed and (if required) accepted by authors)

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Submission scipost_202210_00019v1 on 3 October 2022

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2022-10-23 (Invited Report)


This manuscript introduces the QSHS experiment, which is designed to detect axion-photon coupling with quantum sensors. It contains a brief introduction of axion models, as well as the technical parameters and current progress of the experiment.


Nevertheless, the proposed sensitivity of this experiment on axion models is not quantitatively given, as it seems that the signal-to-noise ratio needs to be understood better.


The submission is well-organized, with a general background knowledge provided for such resonant cavity experiments. It meets the criteria of SciPost Physics Proceedings, and should be accepted.

  • validity: high
  • significance: high
  • originality: good
  • clarity: high
  • formatting: excellent
  • grammar: excellent

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