**Wednesday Weekly Seminar - meeting**

Revisiting the stochastic QCD axion window: departure from equilibrium during inflation

Dr Vadim Briaud (Physics Laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (LPENS), Paris)

21 FEB 2024

11:00 - 12:00

Abstract:

If dark matter is made of QCD axions, its abundance is determined by the vacuum expectation value acquired by the axion field during inflation. The axion is usually assumed to follow the equilibrium distribution arising from quantum diffusion during inflation. This leads to the so-called stochastic window under which the QCD axion can make up all the dark matter. However, in realistic inflationary potentials, I will show that the axion never reaches the equilibrium distribution at the end of inflation. This is because the relaxation time of the axion is much larger than the typical time scale over which the Hubble expansion rate varies during inflation. As a consequence, the axion acquires a quasi-flat distribution as long as it remains light during inflation. I will finally present the new stochastic axion window obtained using this more realistic distribution.

**Indico Link**

https://indico.hep.ipm.ir/e/v.briaud

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