Non-Gaussianity from cosmic magnetic fields

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Magnetic fields in the early Universe could have played an important role in sourcing cosmological perturbations. While not the dominant source, even a small contribution might be traceable through its intrinsic non-Gaussianity. Here we calculate analytically the one-, two-, and three-point statistics of the magnetic stress energy resulting from tangled Gaussian fields, and confirm these with numerical realizations of the fields. We find significant non-Gaussianity, and importantly predict higher order moments that will appear between the scalar, vector, and tensor parts of the stress energy (e.g., scalar-tensor-tensor moments). Such higher order cross correlations are a generic feature of nonlinear theories and could prove to be an important probe of the early Universe
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)063002
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2005


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