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Title: Primordial Black Holes from the QCD Axion

Abstract

We propose a mechanism to generate primordial black holes (PBHs) that is independent of cosmological inflation and occurs slightly below the QCD phase transition. Our setup relies on the collapse of long-lived string-domain wall networks and is naturally realized in QCD axion models with domain wall number NDW > 1 and Peccei-Quinn symmetry broken after inflation. In our framework, dark matter is mostly composed of axions in the meV mass range along with a small fraction, ΩPBH ≳ 10–6ΩCDM of heavy M ~ 104 – 107 M PBHs. The latter could play a role in alleviating some of the shortcomings of the standard cosmological model on subgalactic scales. The scenario might have distinct signatures in ongoing axion searches as well as gravitational wave observatories.

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Research Org.:
Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP); Spanish Ministry MEC; Severo Ochoa excellence program of MINECO; Generalitat de Catalunya
OSTI Identifier:
1499214
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1610167
Grant/Contract Number:  
FG02-91ER40628; SC0017987; FPA2014-55613-P; SO-2012- 0234; SEV-2016- 0588; 2014- SGR-1450
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters Journal Volume: 122 Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; physics; axions; classical black holes; cosmic strings & domain walls; cosmology; dark matter

Citation Formats

Ferrer, Francesc, Masso, Eduard, Panico, Giuliano, Pujolas, Oriol, and Rompineve, Fabrizio. Primordial Black Holes from the QCD Axion. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.101301.
Ferrer, Francesc, Masso, Eduard, Panico, Giuliano, Pujolas, Oriol, & Rompineve, Fabrizio. Primordial Black Holes from the QCD Axion. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.101301
Ferrer, Francesc, Masso, Eduard, Panico, Giuliano, Pujolas, Oriol, and Rompineve, Fabrizio. Wed . "Primordial Black Holes from the QCD Axion". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.101301.
@article{osti_1499214,
title = {Primordial Black Holes from the QCD Axion},
author = {Ferrer, Francesc and Masso, Eduard and Panico, Giuliano and Pujolas, Oriol and Rompineve, Fabrizio},
abstractNote = {We propose a mechanism to generate primordial black holes (PBHs) that is independent of cosmological inflation and occurs slightly below the QCD phase transition. Our setup relies on the collapse of long-lived string-domain wall networks and is naturally realized in QCD axion models with domain wall number NDW > 1 and Peccei-Quinn symmetry broken after inflation. In our framework, dark matter is mostly composed of axions in the meV mass range along with a small fraction, ΩPBH ≳ 10–6ΩCDM of heavy M ~ 104 – 107 M⊙ PBHs. The latter could play a role in alleviating some of the shortcomings of the standard cosmological model on subgalactic scales. The scenario might have distinct signatures in ongoing axion searches as well as gravitational wave observatories.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.101301},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 10,
volume = 122,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {3}
}

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