New articles on High Energy Physics - Phenomenology

[1] 2402.18625

Light quark mediated Higgs boson production in association with a jet at the next-to-next-leading order and beyond

We study the light quark effect on the Higgs boson production in association with a jet at the LHC in the intermediate transverse momentum region between the quark and the Higgs boson mass scales. Though the effect is suppressed by the small Yukawa coupling, it is enhanced by large logarithms of the quark mass ratio to the Higgs boson mass or transverse momentum. Following a remarkable success of the logarithmic expansion [39] for the prediction of the next-to-next-to-leading bottom quark contribution to the total cross section of the Higgs boson production we extend the analysis to its kinematical distributions. A new factorization formula is derived for the light quark mediated $gg\to Hg$ amplitudes and the differential cross section of the process is computed in the logarithmic approximation, which is used for an estimate of the bottom quark effect at the next-to-next-to-leading order.

[2] 2402.18635

The Path to N$^3$LO Parton Distributions

We extend the existing leading (LO), next-to-leading (NLO), and next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) NNPDF4.0 sets of parton distribution functions (PDFs) to approximate next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order (aN$^3$LO). We construct an approximation to the N$^3$LO splitting functions that includes all available partial information from both fixed-order computations and from small and large $x$ resummation, and estimate the uncertainty on this approximation by varying the set of basis functions used to construct the approximation. We include known N$^3$LO corrections to deep-inelastic scattering structure functions and extend the FONLL general-mass scheme to $\mathcal{O}\left( \alpha_s^3\right)$ accuracy. We determine a set of aN$^3$LO PDFs by accounting both for the uncertainty on splitting functions due to the incomplete knowledge of N$^3$LO terms, and to the uncertainty related to missing higher corrections (MHOU), estimated by scale variation, through a theory covariance matrix formalism. We assess the perturbative stability of the resulting PDFs, we study the impact of MHOUs on them, and we compare our results to the aN$^3$LO PDFs from the MSHT group. We examine the phenomenological impact of aN$^3$LO corrections on parton luminosities at the LHC, and give a first assessment of the impact of aN$^3$LO PDFs on the Higgs and Drell-Yan total production cross-sections. We find that the aN$^3$LO NNPDF4.0 PDFs are consistent within uncertainties with their NNLO counterparts, that they improve the description of the global dataset and the perturbative convergence of Higgs and Drell-Yan cross-sections, and that MHOUs on PDFs decrease substantially with the increase of perturbative order.

[3] 2402.18738

QCD at Finite Temperature and Density -- Equation of State

As an important set of thermodynamic quantities, knowledge of the equation of state over a broad range of temperatures and chemical potentials in the QCD phase diagram is crucial for our understanding of strongly-interacting matter. There is a good understanding from first-principles results in lattice QCD, perturbative QCD and chiral effective field theory about the equation of state. However, these approaches are valid in different regimes of the phase diagram, and therefore, a method of providing an equation of state that covers a full range of the phase diagram involves matching together these results with appropriate models in order to fill in the gaps between these regions. Furthermore, with such equations of state, important questions about QCD phase structure can begin to be addressed, such as whether there is a critical point in the QCD phase diagram. In this contribution to the proceedings, equations of state from first-principles and effective theories will be discussed in order to understand how QCD thermodynamics is affected by the presence of a critical point.

[4] 2402.18870

B-mesons as essential probes of hot QCD matter

This article elucidates the pivotal role of b-mesons and bottomonium states in exploring the existence and properties of hot QCD matter (commonly known as quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) produced within the crucible heavy-ion collision experiments). Owing to the complex and confounding nature of strong interaction force the direct detection of probing the hot QCD matter is not feasible. In light of this, investigating the dynamics of b-quarks and anti-quarks within the hot QCD medium emerges as an invaluable indirect probe. The impact of b-quarks and the mesons spans a spectrum of interesting domains regarding the physics of QCD at finite temperature, encompassing the QCD phase transition, color screening, quarkonia dissociation, heavy quark energy loss and collective flow, anisotropic aspects, and strongly coupled nature of hot QCD medium. These aspects underscore the indispensable nature of B-mesons in the quest to create and explore the complex nature of strong interaction force through the QGP/hot QCD matter. In this context, we mainly focus on works related to transport studies of b-mesons in hot QCD medium, lattice QCD, and effective field theory studies on bottomonium states, and finally, open quantum system frameworks to quarkonia to explore the properties of hot QCD medium in relativistic heavy-ion collision experiments.

[5] 2402.18898

Beauty-charm Meson Family with Coupled Channel Effects and Their Strong Decays

We systematically calculate the spectrum and hadronic decays of the beauty-charm system in a coupled channel framework. The unquenched effects are induced by the $^3P_0$ model. Our results can good explain the observed $B_c$ meson spectrum. For the coupled channel components, we predicted the $1S$ is about $4\%$, the $2S$, $1P$, $2P$, $1D$, and $2D$ states are about $14\%$, $10\%$, $33\%$, and $17\%$ respectively. For the $3S$, $2P$ and $2D$ states, the strong decay is allowed, The hadronic decay widths of the $3^1S_0$, $3^3S_1$, $2^3P_2$ states are about 110 MeV, 69 MeV, and 3 MeV, respectively. While the decay widths of the $2^3D_1$, $2D$, $2D^\prime$, and $2^3D_2$ states are 60 MeV, 149 MeV, 65 MeV, and 72 MeV, respectively.

[6] 2402.18901

Revealing the nature of $Ω_{c}$-like states from pentaquark perspective

We systematically study the electromagnetic properties of controversial states whose internal structure is not elucidated and we try to offer a different point of view to unravel the internal structure of these states. Inspired by the $\Omega_c$ states observed by the LHCb Collaboration, we study the electromagnetic properties of the $\Omega_c$-like states as the compact diquark-diquark-antiquark pentaquarks with both $J^P = \frac{1}{2}^-$ and $J^P = \frac{3}{2}^-$ in the context of the QCD light-cone sum rule model. %It can be observed that the order of the magnetic dipole moments indicates that they are accessible in experiments. From the obtained numerical results, we conclude that the magnetic dipole moments of the $\Omega_c$-like states can reflect their inner structures, which can be used to distinguish their spin-parity quantum numbers. Measuring the magnetic moment of the $\Omega_c$-like states in future experimental facilities can be very helpful for understanding the internal organization and identifying the quantum numbers of these states.

[7] 2402.18906

Neutrino Mixing and Resonant Leptogenesis in Inverse Seesaw and Δ(54) Flavor Symmetry

The current work involves augmenting the $\Delta(54)$ discrete flavor model by incorporating two Standard Model Higgs particles into the Inverse Seesaw mechanism. We introduced Weyl fermions and Vector like fermions, which are gauge singlets in the Standard Model and produces Majorana mass terms in our lagrangian. The resulting mass matrix deviates from the tribimaximal neutrino mixing pattern producing a non-zero reactor angle ($\theta_{13}$) . We have determined the effective Majorana neutrino mass, which is the parameter of relevance in neutrinoless double beta decay investigations, using the model's limited six-dimensional parameter space. We additionally investigate the possibility of baryogenesis in the proposed framework via resonant leptogenesis. We have the non-zero value for resonantly enhanced CP asymmetry originating from the decay of right-handed neutrinos at the TeV scale, accounting for flavor effects. The evolution of lepton asymmetry is systematically analyzed by numerically solving a set of Boltzmann equations, leading to the determination of the baryon asymmetry with a magnitude of $ \lvert \eta_B \rvert \approx 6 \times 10^{-10}$. This outcome is achieved by selecting specific values for the right-handed neutrino mass $M_1 = 10$ TeV and mass splitting, $d \approx 10^{-8}$.

[8] 2402.19006

Light quarkonium hybrid mesons

We investigate the light quarkonium hybrid mesons of various spin-parities in QCD. Considering different interpolating currents made of the valence light quarks and single gluon, we calculate the mass and current coupling of the strange and nonstrange members of light hybrid mesons by including into computations the nonperturbative quark and gluon condensates up to ten dimensions in order to increase the accuracy of the results. The obtained results may be useful for future experimental searches of these hypothetical states. They can also be used in the calculations of different parameters related to the decays/interactions of light hybrid mesons to/with other states.

[9] 2402.19048

Nuclear medium meson structures from the Schwinger proper-time Nambu--Jona-Lasinio model

In this paper, we study the nuclear medium modifications of the meson electromagnetic form factors in the framework of the Nambu--Jona-Lasinio (NJL) model with the help of the Schwinger proper-time regularization scheme to tame loop divergence and simulate the effect of QCD confinement. In our current approach, the meson structure and nuclear medium are constructed in the same NJL model at the quark level. We examine the free space and in-medium charge radii for the kaon and pion, in addition to the spacelike elastic electromagnetic form factors of the kaon and pion as well as their quark-sector form factors, which reflect their internal structure. By comparing to the experimental data, we found that the free space elastic electromagnetic form factors for the mesons are consistent with the data, while the in-medium elastic electromagnetic form factors of the mesons are found to decrease as the nuclear matter density increases, leading to increase of meson charge radius, which is consistent with the prediction of other theory calculations. We also predict the axial nucleon coupling constant $g_A$ in nuclear medium computed via the Goldberger-Treiman relation (GTR), which is crucial for the search for the neutrinoless double beta decay ($0\nu \beta \beta$).

[10] 2402.19060

Slicing Pomerons in ultraperipheral collisions using forward neutrons from nuclear breakup

We argue that measurements of forward neutrons from nuclear breakup in inclusive high energy photon-nucleus ($\gamma A$) scattering provide a novel complementary way to study small-$x$ dynamics of QCD in heavy-ion ultraperipheral collisions (UPCs). Using the leading twist approximation to nuclear shadowing, we calculate the distribution over the number of evaporation neutrons produced in $\gamma Pb$ collisions at the LHC. We demonstrate that it allows one to determine the distribution over the number of wounded nucleons (inelastic collisions), which constrains the mechanism of nuclear shadowing of nuclear parton distributions.

[11] 2402.19086

Cosmic Inflation, Dark Energy and Gravitational Waves

We briefly discuss cosmic inflation, which is the dominant paradigm for the generation of the large scale structure in the Universe and also for arranging for the initial conditions of the hot Big Bang. We then present quintessential inflation, which also accounts of the observed dark energy. We discuss how quintessential inflation can be successfully modelled in modified gravity in the Palatini formalism. Finally, we focus on the generation of primordial gravitational waves by inflation and how their spectrum can be enhanced when the early Universe goes through periods of stiff equation of state. This results in gravitational waves with a characteristic spectrum, which may well be observed in the near future, providing insights for the background theory.

[12] 2402.19115

Features of strangeness production in pp and heavy ion collisions

Based on the existing experimental data for A-A collisions starting from AGS up to LHC energies, various systematics related to strange hadrons and anti-hadrons are presented. The ratio between the average transverse momentum and the square root of the total particle multiplicity per unit rapidity and unit transverse overlap area as a function of collision energy for a given centrality or as a function of centrality for a given collision energy supports the predictions of color glass condensate and percolation based approaches. The dependence on the square root of entropy density of the slope and offset, extracted from the $\langle p_{T} \rangle$-particle mass correlation and the average transverse expansion velocity and kinetic freeze-out temperature parameters obtained from Boltzmann-Gibbs Blast Wave fits of the $p_{T}$ spectra, for strange hadrons. The correlation between the ratio of the single- and multi- strange anti-hadron yield per unit rapidity to the total particle multiplicity per unit rapidity and the entropy density is presented as a function of the fireball size. A maximum is evidenced in the strange hadron yields on particle density pe unit of rapidity-entropy density correlation for combined and separate species of strange hadrons, at different centralities, in the region where a transition from the baryon-dominated matter to the meson-dominated one takes place. Within the experimental error bars, the position of this maximum does not depend on the mass of the corresponding strange hadron. Comparison with pp experimental data reveals another similarity between pp and Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC energies.

[13] 2402.19131

Charged Lepton Flavor Violation in the B-L symmetric SSM

Charged lepton flavor violation (CLFV) represents a clear new physics (NP) signal beyond the standard model (SM). In this work, we investigate CLFV processes $l_j^-\rightarrow l_i^- \gamma$ utilizing mass insertion approximation(MIA) in the minimal supersymmetric extension of the SM with local B-L gauge symmetry (B-LSSM). The MIA method can provide a set of simple analytic formulae for the form factors and the associated effective vertices, so that the movement of the CLFV decays $l_j^-\rightarrow l_i^- \gamma$ with the sensitive parameters will be intuitively analyzed. Considering the SM-like Higgs boson mass and the muon anomalous dipole moment (MDM) within $4\sigma$, $3\sigma$ and $2\sigma$ regions, we discuss the corresponding constraints on the relevant parameter space of the model.

[14] 2402.19134

Photon-Odderon interference in exclusive $χ_{c}$ charmonium production at the Electron-Ion Collider

Exclusive $C=+1$ scalar, axial-vector, and tensor quarkonium production in high-energy electron-proton scattering requires a $C$-odd $t$-channel exchange of a photon or a three gluon ladder. We derive the expressions for the corresponding amplitudes. The relative phase of the photon vs. three gluon exchange amplitudes is determined by the sign of the light-front matrix element of the eikonal color current operator $d^{abc}J^{+a}J^{+b}J^{+c}$ at moderate $x$, and is not affected by small-$x$ QCD evolution. Model calculations predict constructive interference, which is particularly strong for momentum transfer $|t|\sim 1$~GeV$^2$ where the cross section for $\chi_{cJ}$ production exceeds that for pure photon exchange by up to a factor of 4. We find that exclusive $\chi_{cJ}$ electroproduction at the Electron-Ion Collider should occur with well measurable rates and measurements of these processes should allow to find an evidence of the perturbative Odderon exchange. We also compute the total electroproduction cross section as a function of energy and provide first estimates of the number of $\chi_{cJ}$ events per month at the Electron-Ion Collider design luminosity.

[15] 2402.19178

Study of Long Range Force in P2SO and T2HKK

In this paper we have studied the sensitivity of the future long-baseline neutrino experiments P2SO and T2HKK to the long-range force (LRF). In the context of these two experiments, our aim is to study: (i) the capability to put bounds on the LRF parameters, (ii) effect of LRF in the measurement of standard oscillation parameters and (iii) capability to constrain the mass of the new gauge boson and the value of new coupling constant, that gives rise to LRF due to matter density in Sun. In our study, we find that among the different neutrino experiments, the best bound on the LRF parameters including mass of the new gauge boson and the value of new coupling constant will come from the P2SO experiment. Our study also shows that LRF has non-trivial effect on the determination of the standard neutrino oscillation parameters except the precision of $\Delta m^2_{31}$. For this parameter, the precision remains unaltered in the presence of LRF for both these experiments.

[16] 2402.19193

Magnetic catalysis and diamagnetism from pion fluctuations

In the framework of Nambu--Jona-Lasinio model beyond mean field approximation, the effects of pion fluctuations on (inverse) magnetic catalysis and magnetic susceptibility are studied. The negative magnetic susceptibility at low temperature is observed when contributions from both neutral and charged pions are taken into account. In weak field approximation, it is observed that at finite temperature, the magnetic inhibition effect in the chiral limit, resulting from the difference between the transverse and longitudinal velocities of neutral pions, converts to weak magnetic catalysis when considering a non-zero current quark mass. Moreover, the magnetic catalysis is amplified by the charged pions.

[17] 2402.19208

Deciphering the Belle II data on $B\to K ν\barν$ decay in the (dark) SMEFT with minimal flavour violation

Recently, the Belle II collaboration announced the first measurement of $\mathcal B(B^+\to K^+\nu\bar\nu)$, which is found to be about $2.7\sigma$ higher than the SM prediction. We decipher the data with two new physics scenarios: the underlying $b\to s \nu\bar\nu$ transition is, besides the SM contribution, further affected by heavy new mediators that are much heavier than the electroweak scale, or amended by an additional decay channel with undetected light final states like dark matter or axion-like particles. These two scenarios can be most conveniently analyzed in the SMEFT and the dark SMEFT (DSMEFT) framework, respectively. We consider the flavour structures of the resulting effective operators to be either generic or satisfy the minimal flavour violation (MFV) hypothesis, both for the quark and lepton sectors. In the first scenario, once the MFV assumption is made, only one SM-like low-energy effective operator induced by the SMEFT dim-6 operators can account for the Belle II excess, the parameter space of which is, however, excluded by the Belle upper bound on $\mathcal B(B^0\to K^{* 0}\nu\bar\nu)$. In the second scenario, it is found that the Belle II excess can be accommodated by 22 of the DSMEFT operators involving one or two scalar, fermionic, or vector dark matters as well as axion-like particles. These operators also receive dominant constraints from the $B^0\to K^{*0}+\rm inv$ and $B_s\to\rm inv$ decays. Once the MFV hypothesis is assumed, the number of viable operators is reduced to 14, and the $B^+\to\pi^+ +\rm inv$ and $K^+\to\pi^+ +\rm inv$ decays start to put further constraints. Within the parameter space allowed by all the current experimental data, the $q^2$ distributions of the $B\to K^{(*)}+\rm inv$ decays are studied for each viable operator. In addition, the future prospects at Belle II, CEPC and FCC-ee are also discussed for some of these FCNC processes.

[18] 2402.19221

FKS subtraction for quarkonium production at NLO

We extend the local infrared-divergence subtraction formalism, originally proposed by Frixione, Kunszt and Signer (FKS), to calculate short-distance (differential) cross section for any inclusive process involving a quarkonium particle in non-relativistic QCD (NRQCD) factorisation at next-to-leading order (NLO) accuracy in the strong coupling constant $\alpha_s$. The new formulas are generally applicable to the production of an S- or P-wave quarkonium state in association with any number of elementary particles. The main new ingredients derived in this paper are the local and integrated soft counterterms for the colour-singlet and colour-octet P-wave bound states. It, therefore, paves the way to the automation of the NLO calculations for heavy quarkonium inclusive and associated production processes.

[19] 2402.19224

Minimal SU(5) theory on the edge: the importance of being effective

It is well known that the minimal renormalizable $SU(5)$ grand unified theory is ruled out: it predicts same masses of down quarks and charged leptons, the gauge couplings do not unify and neutrinos are massless. We show here that all this can be cured simultaneously by the addition of higher-dimensional effective operators. However, the theory lives on the edge since the unification scale turns out as low as roughly $10^{14}\,$GeV, threatening proton longevity. If the lower bound on the proton lifetime was to be increased by an order of magnitude, the usual desert in energies between the weak and unification scales would be populated. We also revisit two minimal extensions of this theory that offer a dynamical seesaw origin of neutrino mass, and discuss the resulting consequences.

[20] 2402.19243

Revisiting $O(N)$ $σ$ model at unphysical pion masses and high temperatures

Roy-equation analyses on lattice data of $\pi\pi$ scattering phase shifts at $m_\pi=391$MeV reveals that the lowest $f_0$ meson becomes a bound state under this condition. In addition, there is a pair of complex poles below threshold generated by crossing symmetry (PRD 108, 034009). We use the $N/D$ method to partially recover crossing symmetry of the $O(N)$ $\sigma$ model amplitude at leading order of $1/N$ expansion, and qualitatively reproduce the pole structure and pole trajectories with varying pion masses as revealed by Roy-equation analyses. The $\sigma$ pole trajectory with varying temperature is also discussed and found to be similar to its properties when varying $m_\pi$. As the temperature increases, the complex $\sigma$ poles firstly move from the second Riemann sheet to the real axis becoming two virtual state poles, and then one virtual state pole moves to the first sheet turning into a bound state pole and finally tends to the pion pole position at high temperature which is as expected from the chiral symmetry restoration. Our results provide further evidences that the lowest $f_0$ state extracted from experiments and lattice data plays the role of $\sigma$ meson in the spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry. Finally, we also briefly discuss the problems of the effective potential in the situation when $m_\pi$ and temperature get large.

[21] 2402.19393

New Physics with PeV Astrophysical Neutrino Beams

Astrophysical neutrinos allow us to access energies and baselines that cannot be reached by human-made accelerators, offering unique probes of new physics phenomena. This thesis aims to address the challenges currently facing searches for Beyond Standard Model (BSM) physics in the high-energy universe using astrophysical neutrinos, particularly in the contexts of flavor measurements and connections with dark matter.

[22] 2402.19413

Hard-scattering approach to strongly hindered electric dipole transitions between heavy quarkonia

The conventional wisdom in dealing with electromagnetic transition between heavy quarkonia is the multipole expansion, when the emitted photon has a typical energy of order quarkonium binding energy. Nevertheless, in the case when the energy carried by the photon is of order typical heavy quark momentum, the multipole expansion doctrine is expected to break down. In this work, we apply the "hard-scattering" approach originally developed to tackle the strongly hindered magnetic dipole ($M1$) transition [Y.~Jia {\it et al.}, Phys. \ Rev. \ D. 82, 014008 (2010)] to the strongly hindered electric dipole ($E1$) transition between heavy quarkonia. We derive the factorization formula for the strongly hindered $E1$ transition rates at the lowest order in velocity and $\alpha_s$ in the context of the non-relativistic QCD (NRQCD), and conduct a detailed numerical comparison with the standard predictions for various bottomonia and charmonia $E1$ transition processes.

[23] 2402.19417

Neutrino zeromodes on electroweak strings in light of topological insulators

We examine neutrino zeromode solutions on the electroweak $Z$-string and their effect on the stability of the string in the standard model and its extensions. We propose using topological invariants constructed from the momentum (and real) space topology of Green's functions, often used for investigating edge modes in condensed matter physics. We analyze the standard model and then examine type-I and type-II extensions of the neutrino sector as well as their hybrid. Based on this analysis, we also comment on proposals in the literature to stabilize the $Z$-string.

[24] 2402.19440

Investigation of full-charm and full-bottom pentaquark states

The continuous advancement of experimental techniques and investigations has led to observations of various exotic states in particle physics. Each addition to this family of states not only raises expectations for future discoveries but also focuses attention on such potential new states. Building upon this motivation and inspired by recent observations of various traditional and exotic particles containing an increased number of heavy quarks, our study provides a spectroscopic search for potential pentaquark states with spin-parity $\frac{3}{2}^-$ and composed entirely of charm or bottom quarks. We predict the masses for full-charm and full-bottom pentaquark states as $m = 7628 \pm 112$ MeV and $m = 21982 \pm 144$ MeV, respectively. We also compute the current couplings of these states to vacuum, which are main inputs in investigations of their various possible decays.

[25] 2402.18601

Analytic solutions for the linearized first-order magnetohydrodynamics and implications for causality and stability

We solve the first-order relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) within the linear-mode analysis performed near an equilibrium configuration in the fluid rest frame. We find two complete sets of analytic solutions for the four and two coupled modes with seven dissipative transport coefficients. The former set has been missing in the literature for a long time. Our method provides a simple and general algorithm for the solution search on an order-by-order basis in the derivative expansion, and can be applied to general sets of hydrodynamic equations. We also find that the small-momentum expansions of the solutions break down when the momentum direction is nearly perpendicular to an equilibrium magnetic field due to the presence of another small quantity, that is, a trigonometric function representing the anisotropy. We elaborate on the angle dependence of the solutions and provide alternative series representations that work near the right angle. Finally, we discuss the issues of causality and stability based on our analytic solutions and recent developments in the literature.

[26] 2402.18633

The Collective Coordinate Fix

Collective coordinates are frequently employed in path integrals to manage divergences caused by fluctuations around saddle points that align with classical symmetries. These coordinates parameterize a manifold of zero modes and more broadly provide judicious coordinates on the space of fields. However, changing from local coordinates around a saddle point to more global collective coordinates is remarkably subtle. The main complication is that the mapping from local coordinates to collective coordinates is generically multi-valued. Consequently one is forced to either restrict the domain of path integral in a delicate way, or otherwise correct for the multi-valuedness by dividing the path integral by certain intersection numbers. We provide a careful treatment of how to fix collective coordinates while accounting for these intersection numbers, and then demonstrate the importance of the fix for free theories. We also provide a detailed study of the fix for interacting theories and show that the contributions of higher intersections to the path integral can be non-perturbatively suppressed. Using a variety of examples ranging from single-particle quantum mechanics to quantum field theory, we explain and resolve various pitfalls in the implementation of collective coordinates.

[27] 2402.18686

Constraints on the mass of a bosonic dark matter candidate within the DD2Y-T model

Dark matter remains a topic of ongoing controversy. It has gained attention in the theoretical description of compact objects such as neutron stars with cores of very dense matter. Various candidates have been proposed for dark matter in the scientific literature. Among them, the sexaquark has been identified as a potential bosonic particle capable of being formed in neutron star matter based on its mass characteristics. In this study, we investigate the viability of the sexaquark as a candidate for dark matter, particularly under certain density conditions. Our goal is to address the challenges associated with the formation of a bosonic particle in a highly dense medium without compromising the stability of the neutron star. To achieve this, we introduce a straightforward linear mass shift for the sexaquark within the hadronic equation of state, utilizing a relativistic density functional approach. In our investigation, it is observed that the inclusion of Sexaquark as a candidate for dark matter within the hadronic matter equation of state, although featuring a repulsive interaction with baryonic matter, softens the equation of state. We suppose that the strength of the interaction of dark matter with baryonic matter increases linearly with the baryon density. We observe that raising the effective mass of the Sexaquark, as a result of increasing its vacuum mass, causes an increased stiffening of the equation of state as compared to the case of a constant mass. We determine the lower and upper mass boundaries for this bosonic dark matter based on observational constraints for neutron stars within the DD2Y-T model when a phase transition to quark matter phase is employed.

[28] 2402.18727

Relativistic fluctuations in stochastic fluid dynamics

The state-of-the-art theoretical formalism for a covariant description of non-Gaussian fluctuation dynamics in relativistic fluids is discussed.

[29] 2402.18831

A direct probe of $Λ$ potential in nuclear medium

Using the Li\`{e}ge intranuclear-cascade model together with the ablation model ABLA, an investigation is conducted into the effects of $\Lambda$ potential in $\Lambda$-nucleus and $\Lambda$-hypernucleus-nucleus collisions across various beam energies. The findings show that the angle and transverse-momentum distributions of scattered $\Lambda$ hyperon, the scattering cross section of the $\Lambda$ hyperon in $\Lambda$-nucleus collisions as well as the rapidity distribution of $\Lambda$ hyperon in $\Lambda$-hypernucleus-nucleus collisions are significantly influenced by the strength of the $\Lambda$ potential in these scattering reactions across various beam energies. These demonstrations, unhindered by the uncertainties of $\Lambda$ and hypernuclei productions in nuclear medium, allow for a direct investigation of the $\Lambda$ potential, especially its momentum dependence. The criticality of probing the $\Lambda$ potential is closely associated with the resolution of the "hyperon puzzle" in neutron stars.

[30] 2402.18880

Weak Lensing Constraints on Dark Matter-Baryon Interactions with $N$-Body Simulations and Machine Learning

We investigate the elastic scattering cross section between dark matter and protons using the DES Year 3 weak lensing data. This scattering induces a dark acoustic oscillation structure in the matter power spectra. To address non-linear effects at low redshift, we utilize principal component analysis alongside a limited set of $N$-body simulations, improving the reliability of our matter power spectrum prediction. We further perform a robust Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis to derive the upper bounds on the DM-proton elastic scattering cross-section, assuming different velocity dependencies. Our results, presented as the first Frequentist upper limits, are compared with the ones obtained by Bayesian approach. Compared with the upper limits derived from the Planck cosmic microwave background data, our findings from DES Year 3 data exhibit improvements of up to a factor of five. In addition, we forecast the future sensitivities of the China Space Station Telescope, the upcoming capabilities of this telescope could improve the current limits by approximately one order of magnitude.

[31] 2402.18912

Hadron-quark phase transition in the neutron star with vector MIT bag model and Korea-IBS-Daegu-SKKU functional

Employing the Korea-IBS-Daegu-SKKU (KIDS) density functional for the hadron phase and the MIT bag model with vector (vBag) model for the quark phase, we obtain hadron-quark phase transition in neutron stars considering Maxwell construction. The structural properties of the resultant hybrid stars are computed for three different values of bag constant ($B$) in the range $B^{1/4}=$(145$-$160 MeV). We studied the effects of symmetry energy ($J$) on the hybrid star properties with the different KIDS model and found that $J$ has important influence not only on the transition properties like the transition mass, transition radius and jump in density due to phase transition, but also on the stability of the hybrid stars. The vector repulsion of the quark phase via the parameter $G_V$ has profound influence in obtaining reasonable hybrid star configurations, consistent with the recent astrophysical constraints on the structural properties of compact stars. Within the aforesaid range of $B$, the value of $G_V$ is constrained to be 0.3 $\lesssim G_V \lesssim$ 0.4 in order to obtain reasonable hybrid star configurations.

[32] 2402.18965

Induced Gravitational Wave interpretation of PTA data: a complete study for general equation of state

We thoroughly study the induced gravitational wave interpretation of the possible gravitational wave background reported by PTA collaborations, considering the unknown equation of state $w$ of the early universe. We perform a Bayesian analysis of the NANOGrav data using the publicly available \textsc{PTArcade} code together with \textsc{SIGWfast} for the numerical integration of the induced gravitational wave spectrum. We focus on two cases: a monochromatic and a log-normal primordial spectrum of fluctuations. For the log-normal spectrum, we show that, while the results are not very sensitive to $w$ when the GW peak is close to the PTA window, radiation domination is out of the $2\sigma$ contours when only the infra-red power-law tail contributes. For the monochromatic spectrum, the $2\sigma$ bounds yield $0.1\lesssim w\lesssim0.9$ so that radiation domination is close to the central value. We also investigate the primordial black hole (PBH) counterpart using the peak formalism. We show that, in general terms, a larger width and stiffer equation of state alleviates the overproduction of PBHs. No PBH overproduction requires $w\gtrsim0.42$ up to 2-$\sigma$ level for the monochromatic spectrum. Furthermore, including bounds from the cosmic microwave background, we find in general that the mass range of the PBH counterpart is bounded by $10^{-5} M_\odot\lesssim M_{\rm PBH}\lesssim10^{-1} M_\odot$. Lastly, we find that the PTA signal can explain the microlensing events reported by OGLE for $0.42\lesssim w\lesssim 0.50$. Our work showcases a complete treatment of induced gravitational waves and primordial black holes for general $w$ for future data analysis.

[33] 2402.19238

Bosonic dark matter dynamics in hybrid neutron stars

This research studies the intricate interplay between dark and baryonic matter within hybrid neutron stars enriched by anisotropic bosonic dark matter halos. Our modelling, guided by the equation of state with a free parameter, reveals diverse mass-radius correlations for these astronomical objects. A pivotal result is the influence of dark matter characteristics - whether condensed or dispersed - on the observable attributes of neutron stars based on their masses. Our investigation into anisotropic models, which offer a notably authentic representation of dark matter anisotropy, reveals a unique low-density core halo profile, distinguishing it from alternative approaches. Insights gleaned from galactic clusters have further refined our understanding of the bosonic dark matter paradigm. Observational constraints derived from the dynamics of galaxy clusters have been fundamental in defining the dark matter particle mass to lie between 0.05 GeV and 0.5 GeV and the scattering length to range from 0.9 fm to 3 fm. Using terrestrial Bose-Einstein condensate experiments, we have narrowed down the properties of bosonic dark matter, especially in the often overlooked 3 to 30 GeV mass range. Our findings fortify the understanding of dark and baryonic matter synergies in hybrid neutron stars, establishing a robust foundation for future astrophysical pursuits.

[34] 2402.19239

Bogoliubov phonons in a Bose-Einstein condensate from the one-loop perturbative renormalization group

Wilson's renormalization-group approach to the weakly-interacting single-component Bose gas is discussed within the symmetry-broken, condensate phase. Extending upon the work by Bijlsma and Stoof [Phys. Rev. A 54, 5085 (1996), see this http URL ], wave-function renormalization of the temporal derivative contributions to the effective action is included in order to capture sound-like quasiparticle excitations with wave lengths larger than the healing-length scale. By means of a suitable rescaling scheme we achieve convergence of the coupling flows, which serve as a means to determine the condensate depletion in accordance with Bogoliubov theory, as well as the interaction-induced shift of the critical temperature.

[35] 2402.19252

Fast neutrino flavor conversions in a supernova: emergence, evolution, and effects

Fast flavor conversions (FFCs) of neutrinos, which can occur in core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe), are multiangle effects. They depend on the angular distribution of the neutrino's electron lepton number (ELN). In this work, we present a comprehensive study of the FFCs by solving the multienergy and multiangle quantum kinetic equations with an extended set of collisional weak processes based on a static and spherically symmetric CCSN matter background profile. We investigate the emergence and evolution of FFCs in models featuring different ELN angular distributions, considering scenarios with two and three neutrino flavors. The spectrogram method is utilized to illustrate the small-scale spatial structure, and we show that this structure of neutrino flavor coherence and number densities in the nonlinear regime is qualitatively consistent with the dispersion relation analysis. On the coarse-grained level, we find that different asymptotic states can be achieved following the FFCs depending on the locations and shapes of the ELN distributions, despite sharing a common feature of the elimination of the ELN angular crossing. While equilibration among different neutrino flavors may be achieved immediately after the prompt FFCs, it is not a general outcome of the asymptotic state, as subsequent feedback effects from collisional neutrino-matter interactions come into play, particularly for cases where FFCs occur inside the neutrinosphere. The impacts of FFCs and the feedback effect on the net neutrino heating rates, the equilibrium electron fraction of CCSN matter, and the free-streaming neutrino energy spectra are quantitatively assessed. Other aspects including the impact of the vacuum term and the coexistence with other type of flavor instabilities are also discussed.

[36] 2402.19304

Viscoelastic response and anisotropic hydrodynamics in Weyl semimetals

We study viscoelastic response in Weyl semimetals with broken time-reversal symmetry. Topology and anisotropy of the Fermi surface are manifested in the viscoelasticity tensor of the electron fluid. In the dynamic (inter-band) part of this tensor, the anisotropy leads to a qualitatively different, compared to isotropic models, scaling with frequency and the Fermi energy. While components of the viscosity tensor determined by the Fermi surface properties agree in the Kubo and kinetic formalisms, the latter misses the anomalous Hall viscosity determined by filled states below the Fermi surface. The anisotropy of the dispersion relation is also manifested in the acceleration and relaxation terms of the hydrodynamic equations.

[37] 2402.19343

Infinite Order Hydrodynamics: an Analytical Example

We construct a kinetic model for matter-radiation interactions where the hydrodynamic gradient expansion can be computed analytically up to infinite order in derivatives, in the fully non-linear regime, and for arbitrary flows. The frequency dependence of the opacity of matter is chosen to mimic the relaxation time of a self-interacting scalar field. In this way, the transient sector simulates that of a realistic quantum field theory. As expected, the gradient series is divergent for most flows. We identify the mechanism at the origin of the divergence, and we provide a successful regularization scheme. Additionally, we propose a universal qualitative framework for predicting the breakdown of the gradient expansion of an arbitrary microscopic system undergoing a given flow. This framework correctly predicts the factorial divergence of the gradient expansion in most non-linear flows and its breakdown due to stochastic fluctuations. It also predicts that jets may induce an ultraviolet divergence in the gradient expansion of quark matter hydrodynamics.

[38] 2402.19356

Trans-series from condensates

The Shifman--Vainshtein--Zakharov (SVZ) sum rules provide a method to obtain trans-series expansions in many quantum field theories, in which exponentially small corrections are calculated by combining the operator product expansion with the assumption of vacuum condensates. In some solvable models, exact expressions for trans-series can be obtained from non-perturbative results, and this makes it possible to test the SVZ method by comparing its predictions to these exact trans-series. In this paper we perform such a precision test in the example of the fermion self-energy in the Gross--Neveu model. Its exact trans-series expansion can be extracted from the large $N$ solution, at the first non-trivial order in $1/N$. It is given by an infinite series of exponentially small corrections involving factorially divergent power series in the 't Hooft parameter. We show that the first two corrections are associated to two-quark and four-quark condensates, and we reproduce the corresponding power series exactly, and at all loops, by using the SVZ method. In addition, the numerical values of the condensates can be extracted from the exact result, up to order $1/N$.

[39] 2402.19397

Testing gravitational waveforms in full General Relativity

We perform a comprehensive analysis of state-of-the-art waveform models, focusing on their predictions concerning kick velocity and inferred gravitational wave memory. In our investigation we assess the accuracy of waveform models using energy-momentum balance laws, which were derived in the framework of full, non-linear General Relativity. The numerical accuracy assessment is performed for precessing as well as non-precessing scenarios for models belonging to the \textit{EOB}, \textit{Phenom}, and \textit{Surrogate} families. We analyze the deviations of these models from each other and from Numerical Relativity waveforms. Our analysis reveals statistically significant deviations, which we trace back to inaccuracies in modelling subdominant modes and inherent systematic errors in the chosen models. We corroborate our findings through analytical considerations regarding the mixing of harmonic modes in the computed kick velocities and inferred memories.

[40] 2402.19415

Cutting-Edge Tools for Cutting Edges

We review different notions of cuts appearing throughout the literature on scattering amplitudes. Despite similar names, such as unitarity cuts or generalized cuts, they often represent distinct computations and distinct physics. We consolidate this knowledge, summarize how cuts are used in various computational strategies, and explain their relations to other quantities including imaginary parts, discontinuities, and monodromies. Differences and nuances are illustrated on explicit examples.