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Title: Constraints on axion inflation from the weak gravity conjecture

We derive constraints facing models of axion inflation based on decay constant alignment from a string-theoretic and quantum gravitational perspective. In particular, we investigate the prospects for alignment and 'anti-alignment' of C{sub 4} axion decay constants in type IIB string theory, deriving a strict no-go result in the latter case. We discuss the relationship of axion decay constants to the weak gravity conjecture and demonstrate agreement between our string-theoretic constraints and those coming from the 'generalized' weak gravity conjecture. Finally, we consider a particular model of decay constant alignment in which the potential of C{sub 4} axions in type IIB compactifications on a Calabi-Yau three-fold is dominated by contributions from D7-branes, pointing out that this model evades some of the challenges derived earlier in our paper but is highly constrained by other geometric considerations.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Jefferson Physical Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22525371
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2015; Journal Issue: 09; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ALIGNMENT; AXIONS; BRANES; COMPACTIFICATION; COSMOLOGICAL INFLATION; GRAVITATION; INFLATIONARY UNIVERSE; LIMITING VALUES; PARTICLE DECAY; POTENTIALS; QUANTUM GRAVITY; STRING THEORY