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Bose Einstein condensation of the classical axion field in cosmology?

Sacha Davidson
M. Elmer
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Abstract

The axion is a motivated cold dark matter candidate, which it would be interesting to distinguish from weakly interacting massive particles. Sikivie has suggested that axions could behave differently during non-linear galaxy evolution, if they form a bose einstein condensate. Using classical equations of motion during linear structure formation, we explore whether "gravitational thermalisation" can drive axions to a bose einstein condensate. At linear order in G_N, we interpret that the principle activities of gravity are to expand the Universe and grow density fluctuations. From the anisotropic stress, we estimate a short dissipation scale for axions which does not confirm previous estimates of their gravitational thermalisation rate.

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in2p3-00857367 , version 1 (03-09-2013)

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Sacha Davidson, M. Elmer. Bose Einstein condensation of the classical axion field in cosmology?. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2013, 12(2013), pp.034. ⟨10.1088/1475-7516/2013/12/034⟩. ⟨in2p3-00857367⟩
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