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Provides a starting part for graduate students and senior scientists in the field of axions and axion-like particles
Axions are peculiar hypothetical particles that could both solve the CP problem of quantum chromodynamics and at the same time account for the dark matter of the universe. Based on a series of lectures by world experts in this field held at CERN (Geneva), this volume provides a pedagogical introduction to the theory, cosmology and astrophysics of these fascinating particles and gives an up-to-date account of the status and prospect of ongoing and planned experimental searches. Learners and practitioners of astroparticle physics will find in this book both a concise introduction and a current reference work to a showcase topic that connects the "inner space" of the elementary particle world with the "outer space" of the universe at large.
Axion Theory.- The Strong CP Problem and Axions.- Axion Cosmology.- Astrophysical Axion Bounds.- Axions and Large Extra Dimensions.- Axions and Their Relatives.- Observations and Experiments.- Magnetic and Electric Dipole Moments in Storage Rings.- Photon-Axion Conversion in Intergalactic Magnetic Fields and Cosmological Consequences.- Microwave Cavity Searches.- Recent Results from the PVLAS Experiment on the Magnetized Vacuum.- Axion Searches in the Past, at Present, and in the Near Future.