PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 398 - The European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP2021) - T03: Dark Matter
An exceptionally light axion: Strong CP and Dark Matter
P. Quilez Lasanta*, L. Di Luzio, B. Gavela and A. Ringwald
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Pre-published on: March 09, 2022
Published on: May 12, 2022
We explore whether the axion which solves the strong CP problem can naturally be much lighter than the canonical QCD axion. The $Z_\mathcal{N}$ symmetry proposed by Hook, with $\mathcal{N}$ mirror and degenerate worlds coexisting in Nature and linked by the axion field, is considered and the associated phenomenology is studied in detail.
On a second step, we show that dark matter can be accounted for by this extremely light axion. This includes the first proposal of a “fuzzy dark matter” QCD axion. A novel misalignment mechanism occurs – trapped
misalignment– due to the peculiar temperature dependence of the $Z_\mathcal{N}$ axion potential, which in some cases can also dynamically source the recently proposed kinetic misalignment mechanism.
The resulting universal enhancement of all axion interactions relative to those of the canonical QCD axion has a strong impact on the prospects of ALP experiments such as ALPS II, IAXO and many others. For instance, even Phase I of Casper Electric could discover this axion.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.398.0177
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