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If QCD axions form a large fraction of the total mass of dark matter, then axion stars could be very abundant in galaxies. As a result, collisions with each other, and with other astrophysical bodies, can occur. We calculate the rate and analyze the consequences of three classes of collisions, those occurring between a dilute axion star and: another dilute axion star, an ordinary ...

Axion stars, gravitationally bound states of low-energy axion particles, have a maximum mass allowed by gravitational stability. Weakly bound states obtaining this maximum mass have sufficiently large radii such that they are dilute, and as a result, they are well described by a leading-order expansion of the axion potential. Heavier states are susceptible to gravitational ...

Following Ruffini and Bonazzola, we use a quantized boson field to describe condensates of axions forming compact objects. Without substantial modifications, the method can only be applied to axions with decay constant, f a , satisfying δ = (f a /M P )2 ≪ 1, where M P is the Planck mass. Similarly, the applicability of the Ruffini-Bonazzola method to axion stars also requires that ...

We propose a new analytical method for determining whether nonsupersymmetric probe branes embedded in nontrivial backgrounds are perturbatively stable or not. The method is based on a relationship between zero mass solutions of the relevant DBI equations of motion and tachyonic solutions. Furthermore, due to the above relation, the question, of whether a classical solution is ...