PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 441 - XVIII International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP2023) - Dark Matter and its Detection
Probing the Blue Axion with Cosmic Optical Background Anisotropies
G. Lucente
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Pre-published on: January 15, 2024
Published on: March 22, 2024
A radiative decaying Big Bang relic with a mass $m_a \simeq 5 − 25$ eV, which we dub ``blue axion'', can be probed with direct and indirect observations of the cosmic optical background (COB). The strongest bounds on blue-axion cold dark matter come from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) measurements of COB anisotropies at 606 nm, excluding the simple interpretation of the excess in the diffuse COB detected by Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as photons produced by a decaying relic. We suggest that new HST measurements at higher frequencies (336 nm and 438 nm) can improve current constraints on the lifetime up to an order of magnitude, and we show that also thermally produced and hot relic blue axions can be competitively probed by COB anisotropies.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.441.0036
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