Sunday, August 4, 2013

1308.0314 (Hiroyuki Tashiro et al.)

Constraints on primordial magnetic fields from CMB distortions in the axiverse    [PDF]

Hiroyuki Tashiro, Joseph Silk, David J. E. Marsh
Measuring spectral distortions of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) is attracting considerable attention as a probe of high energy particle physics in the cosmological context, since PIXIE and PRISM have recently been proposed. In this paper, CMB distortions due to resonant conversions between CMB photons and light axion like particles (ALPs) are investigated, motivated by the string axiverse scenario which suggests the presence of a plenitude of light axion particles. Since these resonant conversions depend on the strength of primordial magnetic fields, constraints on CMB distortions can provide an upper limit on the product of the photon-ALP coupling constant g and the comoving strength of primordial magnetic fields B. Potentially feasible constraints from PIXIE/PRISM can set a limit g B < 10^{-16} GeV^{-1} nG for ALP mass, m_\phi < 10^{-14} eV. Although this result is not a direct constraint on g and B, it is significantly tighter than the product of the current upper limits on g and B.
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