High Energy Physics Seminars

ics High Energy
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Elisa Todarello [Host: Peter Arnold]
University of Florida
"Is axion dark matter described by a classical scalar field?"

Axion dark matter has the unique property of having extremely high quantum occupancy. This may lead to think that axion dark matter can be described in terms of a classical field.

The usual equations for the linear growth of density perturbations in the cold dark matter fluid can be obtained from the classical description of a self-gravitating scalar field in the non-relativistic regime, with differences appearing only on scales smaller than a critical length.

However, axion dark matter is expected to thermalize through gravitational self-interactions and to form a Bose-Einstein condensate. I will argue that the classical field approximation is in general not valid for thermalizing quantum fields, even in the large occupancy regime, and discuss the different evolution of a homogeneous condensate in classical and quantum field theory.

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