Invisible axions and large-radius compactifications

Keith R. Dienes, Emilian Dudas, Tony Gherghetta

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We study some of the novel effects that arise when the QCD axion is placed in the "bulk" of large extra spacetime dimensions. First, we find that the mass of the axion can become independent of the energy scale associated with the breaking of the Peccei-Quinn symmetry. This implies that the mass of the axion can be adjusted independently of its couplings to ordinary matter, a feature which is not possible in four dimensions and which may contribute to axion invisibility. Second, we discuss the new phenomenon of laboratory axion oscillations (analogous to neutrino oscillations), and show that these oscillations cause laboratory axions to "decohere" extremely rapidly as a result of Kaluza-Klein mixing. This decoherence may also be a contributing factor to axion invisibility. Third, we discuss the role of Kaluza-Klein axions in axion-mediated processes and decays, and propose several experimental tests of the higher-dimensional nature of the axion. Finally, we show that under certain circumstances the presence of an infinite tower of Kaluza-Klein axion modes can significantly accelerate the dissipation of the energy associated with cosmological relic axion oscillations, thereby enabling the Peccei-Quinn symmetry-breaking scale to exceed the usual four-dimensional relic oscillation bounds. Together, these ideas therefore provide new ways of obtaining an "invisible" axion within the context of higher-dimensional theories with large-radius compactifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105023
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 15 2000

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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