Heterotic QCD axion
2015 (English)In: Physical Review D, ISSN 1550-7998, Vol. 91, no 4, 046010Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 E-8 x E-8 heterotic string models. These models have an enhanced symmetry locus in the moduli space and a nonuniversal, Kahler 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 Svrcek 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.
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2015. Vol. 91, no 4, 046010
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248831DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.046010ISI: 000350321200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248831DiVA: diva2:801216