Diphotons, new vacuum angles, and strong CP

Patrick Draper, David McKeen

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The Standard Model contains a well-understood, natural, spin-0 diphoton resonance: the π0. Numerous studies have pointed out that the hint of a new diphoton resonance at 750 GeV could be a pion analog, identified with the pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson of a chiral symmetry spontaneously broken by new strong dynamics at the TeV scale. These “hypercolor” models are generically expected to violate parity through a topological angle (Formula presented.). We discuss the physics of (Formula presented.) and its impact on the phenomenology of the new sector. We also describe some of the theoretical implications of a nonzero (Formula presented.). In particular, (Formula presented.) can generate an (Formula presented.) threshold correction to the QCD vacuum angle θ near the TeV scale, sharply constraining ultraviolet solutions to the strong CP problem. Alternatively, finding that (Formula presented.) is small may be interpreted as evidence in favor of UV solutions to strong CP, particularly those based on spontaneously broken P or CP symmetries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number127
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Beyond Standard Model
  • CP violation
  • Chiral Lagrangians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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