Second-order cosmological perturbation theory and initial conditions for Ν-body simulations

Adam J. Christopherson, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Cornelius Rampf, Karim A. Malik

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We use gauge-invariant cosmological perturbation theory to calculate the displacement field that sets the initial conditions for N-body simulations. Using first- and second-order fully relativistic perturbation theory in the synchronous-comoving gauge allows us to go beyond the Newtonian predictions and to calculate relativistic corrections to it. We use an Einstein–de Sitter model, including both growing and decaying modes in our solutions. The impact of our results should be assessed through the implementation of the featured displacement in cosmological N-body simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043539
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2016


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