**Abstract** : A kink is a stationary solution to a cubic one dimensional wave equation $\bigl(\partial_t^2-\partial_x^2\bigr)\phi =
\phi-\phi^3$ that has different limits when $x$ goes to $-\infty$ and $+\infty$, like $H(x) =\tanh(x/\sqrt{2})$. Asymptotic
stability of this solution under small odd perturbation in the energy space has been studied in a recent work of
Kowalczyk, Martel and Mu\~noz. They have been able to show that the perturbation may be written as the sum $a(t)Y(x) +
\psi(t,x)$, where $Y$ is a function in Schwartz space, $a(t)$ a function of time having some decay properties at
infinity, and $\psi(t,x)$ satisfies some \emph{local in space} dispersive estimate. These results are likely to be optimal
when the initial data belong to the energy space. On the other hand, for initial data that are smooth and have some decay
at infinity, one may ask if precise dispersive time decay rates for the solution in the whole space-time, and not just for $x$ in a
compact set, may be obtained. The
goal of this paper is to attack these questions.
Our main result gives, for small odd perturbations of the kink that are
smooth enough and have some space decay, explicit rates of decay for $a(t)$ and for $\psi(t,x)$ in the whole space-time domain
intersected by a strip $\abs{t}\leq \epsilon^{-4+c}$, for any $c>0$, where $\epsilon$ is the size of the initial
perturbation. This limitation is due to some new phenomena that appear along lines $x=\pm\frac{\sqrt{2}}{3}t$ that cannot be detected by
a local in space analysis. Our method of proof relies on construction of approximate solutions to the equation satisfied
by $\psi$, conjugation of the latter in order to
eliminate several potential terms, and normal forms to get rid of problematic contributions in the nonlinearity. We use also the
Fermi Golden Rule in order to prove that the $a(t)Y$ component decays when time grows.