The QCD axion, precisely

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 14:00


483 A - Malevitch


Giovanni Villadoro


ICTP, Trieste

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The QCD axion is probably the most robust solution to the strong CP 
problem and a natural dark matter candidate. While its properties, such as the 
mass and the couplings, are mostly determined by non-perturbative QCD effects 
I will present recent computations demonstrating that they can be reliably 
extracted with percent accuracy, which is important for the theory 
interpretation of experimental results. I will also discuss some recent 
lattice QCD results highlighting a departure from the usual instanton 
estimates and potentially changing the prediction for the axion relic 
abundance substantially.