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Photon-Axion Conversion in Intergalactic Magnetic Fields and Cosmological Consequences

  • Alessandro Mirizzi
  • Georg G. Raffelt1
  • Pasquale D. Serpico
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 741)


Photon-axion conversion induced by intergalactic magnetic fields causes an apparent dimming of distant sources, notably of cosmic distance indicators such as supernovae of type Ia (SNe Ia). We review the impact of this mechanism on the luminosity-redshift relation of SNe Ia, on the dispersion of quasar spectra, and on the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background. The original idea of explaining the apparent dimming of distant SNe Ia without cosmic acceleration is strongly constrained by these arguments. However, the cosmic equation of state extracted from the SN Ia luminosity-redshift relation remains sensitive to this mechanism. For example, it can mimic phantom energy.


Dark Energy Cosmic Microwave Background Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Cosmic Acceleration Hubble Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Mirizzi
    • 1
  • Georg G. Raffelt1
    • 1
  • Pasquale D. Serpico
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut) FöhringerGermany
  2. 2.Center for Particle Astrophysics, Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryBataviaUSA

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