Jul 4 – 11, 2018
Asia/Seoul timezone

Kaluza-Klein Towers in the Early Universe: Phase Transitions, Relic Abundances, and Applications to Axion Cosmology

Jul 5, 2018, 3:00 PM
104 (COEX, Seoul)


COEX, Seoul

Parallel Astro-particle Physics and Cosmology Astro-particle Physics and Cosmology


Dr Jeff Kost (Institute of Basic Science)


We discuss the early-universe cosmology of a Kaluza-Klein (KK) tower of scalar fields in the presence of a mass-generating phase transition, focusing on the time-development of the total tower energy density as well as its distribution across the different KK modes. We find that both of these features are extremely sensitive to the details of the phase transition and can behave in a variety of ways significant for late-time cosmology. In particular, the interplay between the temporal properties of the phase transition and the mixing it generates are responsible for both enhancements and suppressions in the late-time abundances, sometimes by orders of magnitude. We map out the complete model parameter space and determine where traditional analytical approximations are valid and where they fail. Finally, we apply this machinery to the example of an axion-like field in the bulk, mapping these phenomena over an enlarged axion parameter space that extends beyond those accessible to standard treatments.

Primary authors

Keith Dienes (University of Arizona) Dr Jeff Kost (Institute of Basic Science) Brooks Thomas (Lafayette College)

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