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Astrophysical Axion Bounds

  • Georg G. Raffelt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 741)


Axion emission by hot and dense plasmas is a new energy-loss channel for stars. Observable consequences include a modification of the solar sound-speed profile, an increase of the solar neutrino flux, a reduction of the helium-burning lifetime of globular-cluster stars, accelerated white-dwarf cooling, and a reduction of the supernova SN 1987A neutrino burst duration. I review and update these arguments and summarize the resulting axion constraints.


Solar Axion White Dwarf Globular Cluster Horizontal Branch Asymptotic Giant Branch 
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  • Georg G. Raffelt
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut)80805 MünchenGermany

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