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Axion-like particles from primordial black holes shining through the Universe

5 May 2022, 17:15


Francesco Capozzi (online) (Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular)


We consider a cosmological scenario in which the very early Universe experienced a transient epoch of matter domination due to the formation of a large population of primordial black holes (PBHs) with masses M < 10^9 g, that evaporate before Big Bang nucleosynthesis. In this context, Hawking radiation would be a non-thermal mechanism to produce a cosmic background of axion-like particles (ALPs). We assume the minimal scenario in which these ALPs couple only with photons. In the case of ultralight ALPs (m < 10^-9 eV) the cosmic magnetic fields might trigger ALP-photon conversions, while for masses m > 10 eV spontaneous ALP decay in photon pairs would be effective. We investigate the impact of these mechanisms on the cosmic X-ray background, on the excess in X-ray luminosity in Galaxy Clusters, and on the process of cosmic reionization.

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