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Axion-like particle as cold dark matter via the misalignment mechanism with PQ symmetry unbroken during inflation

Pawel Kozow, Marek Olechowski

SciPost Phys. Proc. 12, 038 (2023) · published 4 July 2023

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14th International Conference on Identification of Dark Matter


The QCD axion and axion-like particles (ALPs) are well motivated candidates for Cold Dark Matter (CDM). Such models may be divided into two classes depending on whether the associated Peccei-Quinn (PQ) symmetry is broken or not during inflation. The latter case is usually considered to be quite simple with relic density depending only on the corresponding decay constant and with no constraints from the known bounds on isocurvature perturbations. We will show that the situation is much more complicated. We will discuss conditions which should be fulfilled by ALP models with U(1) unbroken during inflation to be phenomenologically interesting.

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