Evolution of the Primordial Axial Charge across Cosmic Times

27 Jul 2020  ·  A. Boyarsky, V. Cheianov, O. Ruchayskiy, O. Sobol ·

We investigate collisional decay of the axial charge in an electron-photon plasma at temperatures 10 MeV - 100 GeV. We demonstrate that the decay rate of the axial charge is first order in the fine-structure constant $\Gamma_{\rm flip}\propto \alpha m_{e}^{2}/T$ and thus orders of magnitude greater than the naive estimate which has been in use for decades... This counterintuitive result arises through infrared divergences regularized at high temperature by environmental effects. The decay of axial charge plays an important role in the problems of leptogenesis and cosmic magnetogenesis. read more

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics High Energy Physics - Theory