Cosmology of F-theory GUTs

  • Jonathan J. Heckman
  • Alireza Tavanfar
  • Cumrun Vafa


In this paper we study the interplay between the recently proposed F-theory GUTs and cosmology. Despite the fact that the parameter range for F-theory GUT models is very narrow, we find that F-theory GUTs beautifully satisfy most cosmological constraints without any further restrictions. The viability of the scenario hinges on the interplay between various components of the axion supermultiplet, which in F-theory GUTs is also responsible for breaking supersymmetry. In these models, the gravitino is the LSP and develops a mass by eating the axino mode. The radial component of the axion supermultiplet known as the saxion typically begins to oscillate in the early Universe, eventually coming to dominate the energy density. Its decay reheats the Universe to a temperature of ∼1GeV, igniting BBN and diluting all thermal relics such as the gravitino by a factor of ∼10−4 − 10−5 such that gravitinos contribute a sizable component of the dark matter. In certain cases, non-thermally produced relics such as the axion, or gravitinos generated from the decay of the saxion can also contribute to the abundance of dark matter. Remarkably enough, this cosmological scenario turns out to be independent of the initial reheating temperature of the Universe. This is due to the fact that the initial oscillation temperature of the saxion coincides with the freeze out temperature for gravitinos in F-theory GUTs. We also find that saxion dilution is compatible with generating the desired baryon asymmetry from standard leptogenesis. Finally, the gravitino mass range in F-theory GUTs is 10 − 100MeV, which interestingly coincides with the window of values required for the decay of the NLSP to solve the problem of 7 Li over-production.


Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM F-Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan J. Heckman
    • 1
  • Alireza Tavanfar
    • 1
  • Cumrun Vafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeU.S.A.

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