Probing primordial features with next-generation photometric and radio surveys

Mario Ballardini, Fabio Finelli, Roy Maartens, Lauro Moscardini

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We investigate the possibility of using future photometric and radio surveys to constrain the power spectrum of primordial fluctuations that is predicted by inflationary models with a violation of the slow-roll phase. We forecast constraints with a Fisher analysis on the amplitude of the parametrized features on ultra-large scales, in order to assess whether these could be distinguishable over the cosmic variance. We find that the next generation of photometric and radio surveys has the potential to test these models at a sensitivity better than current CMB experiments and that the synergy between galaxy and CMB observations is able to constrain models with many extra parameters. In particular, an SKA continuum survey with a huge sky coverage and a flux threshold of a few μJy could confirm the presence of a new phase in the early Universe at more than 3σ.
Original languageEnglish
Article number044
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number04
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2018


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  • RCUK
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