Kilobyte Cosmic Birefringence from ALP domain walls

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ALP domain walls without strings may be formed in the early Universe. We point out that such ALP domain walls lead to both isotropic and anisotropic birefringence of cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization, which reflects spatial configuration of the domain walls at the recombination. The polarization plane of the CMB photon coming from each domain is either not rotated at all or rotated by a fixed angle. For domain walls following the scaling solution, the cosmic birefringence of CMB is characterized by 2N, i.e. N-bit, of information with N = (103-4) being equal to the number of domains at the last scattering surface, and thus the name, kilobyte cosmic birefringence. The magnitude of the isotropic birefringence is consistent with the recently reported value, while the anisotropic one is determined by the structure of domains at the last scattering surface. The predicted cosmic birefringence is universal over a wide range of the ALP mass and coupling to photons. The detection of both signals will be a smoking-gun evidence for the ALP domain walls without strings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number007
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr


  • axions
  • CMBR polarisation
  • Cosmic strings
  • cosmology of theories beyond the SM
  • domain walls
  • monopoles


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