Making a Universe with Axions

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Campus, PAB 102/103

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Univ. of Washington - Seattle)

The discovery of the Higgs boson reinforces the possibility that other similar, scalar particles may exist in nature. In this talk, I will begin by discussing one such dark matter and sometime inflaton candidate, the axion. I will describe the claim that dark matter axions form an exotic state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate and my work on this exciting prospect. Along the way I will draw connections with the interesting relaxion idea and possible phenomenologies for the proposed NASA STROBE-X experiment.