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Title: Large scale magnetic fields: Density power spectrum in redshift space
Authors: Gopal, Rajesh
Sethi, S.K.
Keywords: Cosmology
Theory—large-scale structure of the universe
Magnetic fields—MHD
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India.
Citation: Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, 2003, Vol. 24, p51-67.
Abstract: We compute the density redshift-space power spectrum in the presence of tangled magnetic fields and compare it with existing observations. Our analysis shows that if these magnetic fields originated in the early universe then it is possible to construct models for which the shape of the power spectrum agrees with the large scale slope of the observed power spectrum. However requiring compatibility with observed CMBR anisotropies, the normalization of the power spectrum is too low for magnetic fields to have significant impact on the large scale structure at present. Magnetic fields of a more recent origin generically give density power spectrum α k4 which doesn?t agree with the shape of the observed power spectrum at any scale. Magnetic fields generate curl modes of the velocit y field which increase both the quadrupole and hexadecapole of the redshift space power spectrum. For curl modes, the hexadecapole dominates over quadrupole. So the presence of curl modes could be indicated by an anomalously large hexadecapole, which has not yet been computed from observation. It appears difficult to construct models in which tangled magnetic fields could have played a major role in shaping the large scale structure in the present epoch. However if they did, one of the best ways to infer their presence would be from the redshift space effects in the density power spectrum.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/828
ISSN: 0250-6335
Copyright: Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India.
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