Magnetized cosmological perturbations

CG Tsagas, R Maartens

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A large-scale cosmic magnetic field affects not only the growth of density perturbations, but also rotational instabilities and anisotropic deformation in the density distribution. We give a fully relativistic treatment of all these effects, incorporating the magneto-curvature coupling that arises in a relativistic approach. We show that this coupling produces a small enhancement of the growing mode on superhorizon scales. The magnetic field generates new nonadiabatic constant and decaying modes, as well as nonadiabatic corrections to the standard growing and decaying modes. Magnetized isocurvature perturbations are purely decaying on superhorizon scales. On subhorizon scales before recombination, magnetized density perturbations propagate as magnetosonic waves, leading to a small decrease in the spacing of acoustic peaks. Fluctuations in the field direction induce scale-dependent vorticity, and generate precession in the rotational vector. On small scales, magnetized density vortices propagate as Alfve´n waves during the radiation era. After recombination, they decay slower than nonmagnetized vortices. Magnetic fluctuations are also an active source of anisotropic distortion in the density distribution. We derive the evolution equations for this distortion, and find a particular growing solution.
Original languageEnglish
Article number083519
Pages (from-to)083519
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Early online date28 Mar 2000
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2000


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