Planck-scale effects on global symmetries: Cosmology of pseudo-Goldstone bosons

Eduard Massó, Francesc Rota, Gabriel Zsembinszki

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Abstract

We consider a model with a small explicit breaking of a global symmetry, as suggested by gravitational arguments. Our model has one scalar field transforming under a nonanomalous U(1) symmetry, and coupled to matter and to gauge bosons. The spontaneous breaking of the explicitly broken symmetry gives rise to a massive pseudo-Goldstone boson. We analyze thermal and nonthermal production of this particle in the early universe, and perform a systematic study of astrophysical and cosmological constraints on its properties. We find that for very suppressed explicit breaking the pseudo-Goldstone boson is a cold dark matter candidate.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115009
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume70
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004

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