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Axion Miniclusters in Modified Cosmological Histories


Visinelli,  Luca
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Max Planck Society and Cooperation Partners;

Redondo,  Javier
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Max Planck Society and Cooperation Partners;

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Visinelli, L., & Redondo, J. (2020). Axion Miniclusters in Modified Cosmological Histories. Physical Review D, 101, 023008. Retrieved from https://publications.mppmu.mpg.de/?action=search&mpi=MPP-2018-237.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-1B49-9
If the symmetry breaking leading to the origin of the axion dark matter field occurs after the end of inflation and is never restored, then overdensities in the axion field collapse to form dense objects known in the literature as axion miniclusters. The estimates of the typical minicluster mass and radius strongly depend on the details of the cosmology at which the onset of axion oscillations begin. In this work we study the properties and phenomenology of miniclusters in alternative cosmological histories and find that they can change by many orders of magnitude. Our findings have direct implications on current and future experimental searches and, in the case of discovery, could be used to learn something about the Universe expansion prior to Big-Bang-Nucleosynthesys.