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DTSTART:20121113T220000Z
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DTSTAMP:20200703T180102Z
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LOCATION:5280 Chamberlin
SUMMARY:Cosmological Perturbations: Isocurvature\, Vorticity and Magne
tic Fields\, Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)\, Adam Christopher
son\, University of Nottingham
DESCRIPTION:In this talk I will discuss some recent\, complementary wo
rk that I have undertaken using cosmological perturbation theory\, a p
owerful technique for modeling inhomogeneities in the universe. After
a brief review of the basics\, I introduce isocurvature\, or non-adiab
atic pressure perturbations\, and calculate their spectrum in the sett
ings of standard\, concordance cosmology\, and inflationary models inv
olving two scalar fields. I then extend the discussion beyond linear p
erturbations\, and show that vorticity can be sourced at second order
with only scalar perturbations\, the source term being quadratic in th
e gradients of first order energy density and non-adiabatic pressure p
erturbations. I present a first estimate of this vorticity's power spe
ctrum\, and highlight some potential observational consequences. One o
f these is the possible sourcing of sizeable magnetic fields\, and I b
riefly sketch some current work on including magnetic fields in pertur
bation theory in a consistent way. I close with some ideas for future
work.
URL:https://wp.physics.wisc.edu/twap/?id=2849
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