Excess astrophysical photons from a 0.1-1 keV cosmic axion background.
Primordial decays of string theory moduli at z~10(12) naturally generate a dark radiation cosmic axion background with 0.1-1 keV energies. This cosmic axion background can be detected through axion-photon conversion in astrophysical magnetic fields to give quasithermal excesses in the extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray bands. Substantial and observable luminosities may be generated even for axion-photon couplings <<10(-11) GeV(-1). We propose that axion-photon conversion may explain the...Expand abstract
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