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InteractionsGravity, electromagnetic
Theorized1977, Peccei and Quinn
Mass10−5 to 10−3 eV/c2 [1]
Electric charge0

An axion is a elementary particle theorized in 1977 by the Peccei–Quinn theory. It was used to solve the strong CP problem in quantum chromodynamics (QCD). If these axions do exist in a specific mass range, they could be a possible part of cold dark matter. There is also evidence of solar axions (axions from the Sun). Also if these axions exist there is evidence that they can go faster than the speed of light.

References[change | change source]

  1. Peccei, R. D. (2008). "The Strong CP Problem and Axions". In Kuster, Markus; Raffelt, Georg; Beltrán, Berta (eds.). Axions: Theory, Cosmology, and Experimental Searches. Lecture Notes in Physics. Vol. 741. pp. 3–17. arXiv:hep-ph/0607268. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-73518-2_1. ISBN 978-3-540-73517-5. S2CID 119482294.