An Early Cosmological Epoch of QCD Confinement

Speaker(s) Timothy Tait, UC Irvine

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I will discuss the possibility that Physics beyond the Standard Model induces an early phase of the Universe in which QCD is confined, with a larger confinement scale than is observed today. Such a phase offers a unique mechanism that can explain the matter-anti-matter asymmetry of the Universe, and offers opportunities to shed light on mysteries such as the abundance of QCD axions or WIMP dark matter.