Sep 23, 2019 3:00 pm - Nielsen Hall 365 - HEP Journal Club
Rishabh Jain - University of Oklahoma
Probing the Early Universe with Axion Physics and Gravitational Waves


Probing the Early Universe with Axion Physics and Gravitational Waves

We show results for the expected reach of the network of experiments that is being set up globally with the aim of detecting the "invisible" axion, in light of a non-standard thermal history of the universe. Assuming that the axion is the dark matter, we discuss the reach of a successful detection by a given experimental setup in a particular axion mass window for different modifications of the cosmological background before primordial nucleosynthesis occurred. Results are presented both in the case where the present energy budget in cold axions is produced through the vacuum realignment mechanism alone, or in the case in which axionic strings also provide with additional contributions to the axion energy density. We also show that in some cosmological models, the spectrum of gravitational waves from the axionic string network would be within reach of the future network of detectors like LISA and DECIGO-BBO. We conclude that some scenarios describing the early universe can be probed jointly by the experimental efforts on axion detection and by gravity wave multi-messenger astronomy.




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Nielsen Hall 170 - Dorival Gonçalves
The Higgs gateway to new physics: First steps into terra incognita

Astronomy Journal Club

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Nielsen Hall 103 - Renae Wall and Kalee Anderson

Faculty Research Seminar

Oct 23, 2019 6:00 pm

Lin Hall 105 - Profs. Strauss & Stupak