Constraints on the photon mass with fast radio bursts

Xue Feng Wu, Song Bo Zhang, He Gao, Jun Jie Wei, Yuan Chuan Zou, Wei Hua Lei, Bing Zhang, Zi Gao Dai, Peter Mészáros

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Abstract

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are radio bursts characterized by millisecond durations, high Galactic latitude positions, and high dispersion measures. Very recently, the cosmological origin of FRB 150418 has been confirmed by Keane et al., and FRBs are now strong competitors as cosmological probes. The simple sharp feature of the FRB signal is ideal to probe some of the fundamental laws of physics. Here we show that by analyzing the delay time between different frequencies, the FRB data can place stringent upper limits on the rest mass of the photon. For FRB 150418 at z = 0.492, one can potentially reach mγ ≤ 5.2 × 10-47 g, which is 1020 times smaller than the rest mass of electron and is about 103 times smaller than that obtained using other astrophysical sources with the same method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL15
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume822
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Wu, X. F., Zhang, S. B., Gao, H., Wei, J. J., Zou, Y. C., Lei, W. H., ... Mészáros, P. (2016). Constraints on the photon mass with fast radio bursts. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 822(1), [L15]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/822/1/L15
Wu, Xue Feng ; Zhang, Song Bo ; Gao, He ; Wei, Jun Jie ; Zou, Yuan Chuan ; Lei, Wei Hua ; Zhang, Bing ; Dai, Zi Gao ; Mészáros, Peter. / Constraints on the photon mass with fast radio bursts. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2016 ; Vol. 822, No. 1.
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Constraints on the photon mass with fast radio bursts. / Wu, Xue Feng; Zhang, Song Bo; Gao, He; Wei, Jun Jie; Zou, Yuan Chuan; Lei, Wei Hua; Zhang, Bing; Dai, Zi Gao; Mészáros, Peter.

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