Abstract: We investigate the topological properties of Nf = 2 + 1 QCD with physical quark masses, both at zero and finite temperature. We adopt stout improved staggered fermions and explore a range of lattice spacings a ∼ 0.05 − 0.12 fm. At zero temperature we estimate both finite size and finite cut-off effects, comparing our continuum extrapolated results for the topological susceptibility χ with predictions from chiral perturbation theory. At finite temperature, we explore a region going from Tc up to around 4 Tc, where we provide continuum extrapolated results for the topological susceptibility and for the fourth moment of the topological charge distribution. While the latter converges to the dilute instanton gas prediction the former differs strongly both in the size and in the temperature dependence. This results in a shift of the axion dark matter window of almost one order of magnitude with respect to the instanton computation.

Axion phenomenology and θ-dependence from N_f = 2 + 1 lattice QCD

BONATI, CLAUDIO;D'ELIA, MASSIMO;
2016-01-01

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Abstract: We investigate the topological properties of Nf = 2 + 1 QCD with physical quark masses, both at zero and finite temperature. We adopt stout improved staggered fermions and explore a range of lattice spacings a ∼ 0.05 − 0.12 fm. At zero temperature we estimate both finite size and finite cut-off effects, comparing our continuum extrapolated results for the topological susceptibility χ with predictions from chiral perturbation theory. At finite temperature, we explore a region going from Tc up to around 4 Tc, where we provide continuum extrapolated results for the topological susceptibility and for the fourth moment of the topological charge distribution. While the latter converges to the dilute instanton gas prediction the former differs strongly both in the size and in the temperature dependence. This results in a shift of the axion dark matter window of almost one order of magnitude with respect to the instanton computation.
2016
Bonati, Claudio; D'Elia, Massimo; Mariti, Marco; Martinelli, Guido; Mesiti, Michele; Negro, Francesco; Sanfilippo, Francesco; Villadoro, Giovanni
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