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Primordial Non-Gaussianity

Meerburg, P. Daniel and Doré, Olivier and Schillaci, Alessandro and Wise, Mark (2019) Primordial Non-Gaussianity. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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Our current understanding of the Universe is established through the pristine measurements of structure in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and the distribution and shapes of galaxies tracing the large scale structure (LSS) of the Universe. One key ingredient that underlies cosmological observables is that the field that sources the observed structure is assumed to be initially Gaussian with high precision. Nevertheless, a minimal deviation from Gaussianityis perhaps the most robust theoretical prediction of models that explain the observed Universe; itis necessarily present even in the simplest scenarios. In addition, most inflationary models produce far higher levels of non-Gaussianity. Since non-Gaussianity directly probes the dynamics in the early Universe, a detection would present a monumental discovery in cosmology, providing clues about physics at energy scales as high as the GUT scale.

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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:25 Sep 2019 17:13
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