Heterotic QCD axion

Evgeny Buchbinder, A. Constantin, A. Lukas

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    © 2015 American Physical Society. In this paper, we show that there is no in-principle obstruction to obtain a Kim-Shifman-Vainshtein-Zakharov axion with a decay constant in the phenomenologically allowed range in certain E8×E8 heterotic string models. These models have an enhanced symmetry locus in the moduli space and a nonuniversal, Kähler moduli-dependent Fayet-Iliopoulos term which vanishes at this locus. Close to this locus, the Fayet-Iliopoulos term is small and can lead to an axion decay constant significantly lower than the string scale. In this way, the no-go arguments of Svrček and Witten, which are based on a universal, dilaton-dependent Fayet-Iliopoulos term, can be avoided. The relevant axion originates from phases of bundle moduli which correspond to deformations away from the enhanced symmetry locus. We construct an explicit example, based on a heterotic line bundle standard model, with all the required ingredients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)046010-1 - 046010-9
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2015


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