Flavourful Axion Phenomenology

Fredrik Björkeroth

(LNF (Frascati), INFN)

Sala 2.8.3, IST, Dept. de Física
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 04:30 PM


We present a comprehensive discussion of the phenomenology of flavourful axions, including both standard Peccei-Quinn (PQ) axions, associated with the solution to the strong CP problem, and non-standard axion-like particles (ALPs). We give the flavourful axion-fermion and axion-photon couplings and calculate the branching ratios of heavy meson (K, D, B) decays involving a flavourful axion. We also calculate the mixing between axions and heavy mesons K0, D0, B0 and B0s, which affects the meson oscillation probability and mass difference. Mixing also contributes to meson decays into axions and axion decays into two photons, and may be relevant for ALPs. We discuss charged lepton flavour-violating decays involving final state axions of the form ?1??2a(?), as well as ??eee and ??e conversion. Finally we describe the phenomenology of a particular "A to Z" Pati-Salam model, in which PQ symmetry arises accidentally due to discrete flavour symmetry. Here all axion couplings are fixed by a fit to flavour data, leading to sharp predictions and correlations between flavour-dependent observables.

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