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Consistent Treatment of Axions in the Weak Chiral Lagrangian

Bauer, Martin and Neubert, Matthias and Renner, Sophie and Schnubel, Marvin and Thamm, Andrea (2021) 'Consistent Treatment of Axions in the Weak Chiral Lagrangian.', Physical Review Letters, 127 (8).


We present a consistent implementation of weak decays involving an axion or axionlike particle in the context of an effective chiral Lagrangian. We argue that previous treatments of such processes have used an incorrect representation of the flavor-changing quark currents in the chiral theory. As an application, we derive model-independent results for the decays K− → π−a and π− → e−ν¯ea at leading order in the chiral expansion and for arbitrary axion couplings and mass. In particular, we find that the K− → π−a branching ratio is almost 40 times larger than previously estimated.

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Date accepted:20 July 2021
Date deposited:23 November 2021
Date of first online publication:20 August 2021
Date first made open access:23 November 2021

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