IJS-FMF high-energy physics seminars

Mario Reig Lopez: Testing the far UV of the Standard Model with axions

https://zoom.us/j/3601731049?pwd=bVNQRjUxU2ExZ0cveWcxYXNUUGdjZz09 (F1 tea room)


F1 tea room

In this talk I will discuss axion couplings to gauge bosons in 4-dimensional Grand Unified Theories and in (heterotic) String Theory. The topological nature of these couplings allows them to be matched from the UV to the IR, and the ratio of the anomaly with photons and gluons for any axion is fixed by unification.  I will show that this implies that there is a single axion — the QCD axion — with an anomalous coupling to photons. Other light axion-like particles can couple to photons by mixing with the QCD axion, and necessarily lie to the right of the QCD line prediction in the mass-coupling plane. As a result, a discovery of an axion to the left of the QCD line can rule out simple GUTs and some heterotic string compactifications.
Based on: 2206.07053 and future work.