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Title: Scaling properties of non-linear gravitational clustering
Authors: Nityananda, R.
Padmanabhan, T.
Issue Date: 15-Dec-1994
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing for the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1994, Vol.271, p976-980
Abstract: The growth of density perturbations in an expanding universe in the non-linear regime is investigated. The underlying equations of motion are cast in a suggestive form, and motivate a conjecture that the scaled pair velocity, $h(a,x)\equiv -[v/(\dot{a}x)]$ depends on the expansion factor $a$ and comoving coordinate $x$ only through the density contrast $\sigma(a,x)$. This leads to the result that the true, non-linear, density contrast $<(\delta\rho/\rho)^{2}_{x}〉^{1/2}=\sigma(a,x)$ is a universal function of the density contrast $\sigma_L(a,l)$, computed in the linear theory and evaluated at a scale $l$ where $l=x(1+\sigma^2)^{1/3}$. This universality is supported by existing numerical simulations with scale-invariant initial conditions having different power laws. We discuss a physically motivated ansatz $h(a,x)=h[\sigma^2(a,x)]$ and use it to compute the non-linear density contrast at any given scale analytically. This provides a promising method for analysing the non-linear evolution of density perturbations in the universe and for interpreting numerical simulations.
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ISSN: 0035-8711
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Copyright: (1994) Royal Astronomical Society
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