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Title: Primordial Magnetic Field Effects on the CMB and Large-Scale Structure

Magnetic fields are everywhere in nature, and they play an important role in every astronomical environment which involves the formation of plasma and currents. It is natural therefore to suppose that magnetic fields could be present in the turbulent high-temperature environment of the big bang. Such a primordial magnetic field (PMF) would be expected to manifest itself in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature and polarization anisotropies, and also in the formation of large-scale structure. In this paper, we summarize the theoretical framework which we have developed to calculate the PMF power spectrum to high precision. Using this formulation, we summarize calculations of the effects of a PMF which take accurate quantitative account of the time evolution of the cutoff scale. We review the constructed numerical program, which is without approximation, and an improvement over the approach used in a number of previous works for studying the effect of the PMF on the cosmological perturbations. We demonstrate how the PMF is an important cosmological physical process on small scales. We also summarize the current constraints on the PMF amplitude B λ and the power spectral index n B which have been deduced from the available CMB observational data by using our computational framework.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University, 7F of Condensed Matter Sciences and Physics Department Building, No.1, Roosevelt Road, Section 4 Taipei 10617, Taiwan
  2. Department of Physics and Astrophysics, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan
  3. Theory Division, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan, Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
  4. Center for Astrophysics, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1198325
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-95-ER40934
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Advances in Astronomy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2010; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-08-11 12:56:52; Journal ID: ISSN 1687-7969
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
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Language:
English