APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: kenichi Saikawa (DESY)
Title: Axion dark matter in the post-inflationary Peccei-Quinn symmetry breaking scenario
Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 13:30 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room A
Abstract: The axion is a hypothetical particle arising from the spontaneous breaking of a global Peccei-Quinn (PQ) symmetry, which has been introduced to solve the strong CP problem of quantum chromodynamics. Due to the weakness of the coupling with ordinary matters, it is also regarded as a good candidate of dark matter of the universe. However, the estimation of the axion dark matter abundance is not so straightforward if the PQ symmetry is restored and broken after inflation, since in this case we have to analyze the production from the decay of hybrid networks of topological defects called the string-wall systems. In this talk, I will focus on some recent developments of the theoretical estimation of the axion dark matter abundance in the post-inflationary PQ symmetry breaking scenario. In particular, I will highlight a problem of the string core effect, which was overlooked in previous studies and may have a potentially large impact on the estimate of the relic axion dark matter abundance if the string-wall systems are short-lived. I will also introduce possible extensions of the Standard Model that lead to the formation of long-lived string-wall systems and can explain the observed dark matter abundance in higher mass ranges.