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Subramanian K.,Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Reports on Progress in Physics | Year: 2016

The universe is magnetized on all scales probed so far. On the largest scales, galaxies and galaxy clusters host magnetic fields at the micro Gauss level coherent on scales up to ten kpc. Recent observational evidence suggests that even the intergalactic medium in voids could host a weak ∼ 10-16 Gauss magnetic field, coherent on Mpc scales. An intriguing possibility is that these observed magnetic fields are a relic from the early universe, albeit one which has been subsequently amplified and maintained by a dynamo in collapsed objects. We review here the origin, evolution and signatures of primordial magnetic fields. After a brief summary of magnetohydrodynamics in the expanding universe, we turn to magnetic field generation during inflation and phase transitions. We trace the linear and nonlinear evolution of the generated primordial fields through the radiation era, including viscous effects. Sensitive observational signatures of primordial magnetic fields on the cosmic microwave background, including current constraints from Planck, are discussed. After recombination, primordial magnetic fields could strongly influence structure formation, especially on dwarf galaxy scales. The resulting signatures on reionization, the redshifted 21 cm line, weak lensing and the Lyman-α forest are outlined. Constraints from radio and γ-ray astronomy are summarized. Astrophysical batteries and the role of dynamos in reshaping the primordial field are briefly considered. The review ends with some final thoughts on primordial magnetic fields. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd. Source


Gangopadhyay S.,West Bengal State University | Gangopadhyay S.,Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics | Year: 2013

In this Letter, based on the Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue approach, we analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in the background of pure Einstein and Gauss-Bonnet gravity taking into account the backreaction of the spacetime. Higher value of the backreaction parameter results in a harder condensation to form in both cases. The analytical results obtained are found to be in good agreement with the existing numerical results. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source


Mukherjee S.,Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2015

Measurement of cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature by Planck has resulted in extremely tight constraints on the ΛCDM model. However the data indicate evidence of dipole modulated temperature fluctuations at large angular scale which is beyond the standard statistically isotropic (SI) ΛCDM model. The signal measured by Planck requires a scale dependent modulation amplitude that is beyond the scope of the phenomenological model considered by Planck. We propose a phenomenological model with mixed modulation field for scalar and tensor perturbations which affect the temperature fluctuations at large angular scales. Hence this model is a possible route to explain the scale dependent nature of the modulation field. The salient prediction of this model is the direction dependent tensor to scalar ratio which results in an anisotropic stochastic gravitational wave background (SGWB). This feature is potentially measurable from the B-mode polarization map of Planck and BICEP-2 and leads to determination of the modulation strength. Measurability of SI violated polarization field due to this model is estimated for Planck and PRISM. Absence of the signal in the polarization field can restrict the viability of the model. © 2015 American Physical Society. Source


Gannouji R.,Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics | Sami M.,Jamia Millia Islamia University
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2010

We consider the covariant Galileon gravity taking into account the third order and fourth order scalar field Lagrangians L3(π) and L4(π), consisting of three and four π's with four and five derivatives acting on them, respectively. The background dynamical equations are set up for the system under consideration and the stability of the self-accelerating solution is demonstrated in a general setting. We extended this study to the general case of the fifth order theory. For the spherically symmetric static background, we spell out conditions for the suppression of fifth force effects mediated by the Galileon field π. We study field perturbations in the fixed background and investigate the conditions for their causal propagation. We also briefly discuss metric fluctuations and derive an evolution equation for matter perturbations in Galileon gravity. © 2010 The American Physical Society. Source


Padmanabhan T.,Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2010

The calculation of entanglement entropy S of quantum fields in spacetimes with horizon shows that, quite generically, S is (a) proportional to the area A of the horizon and (b) divergent. I argue that this divergence, which arises even in the case of Rindler horizon in flat spacetime, is yet another indication of a deep connection between horizon thermodynamics and gravitational dynamics. In an emergent perspective of gravity, which accommodates this connection, the fluctuations around the equipartition value in the area elements will lead to a minimal quantum of area O(1)LP2, which will act as a regulator for this divergence. In a particular prescription for incorporating the LP2 as zero-point-area of spacetime, this does happen and the divergence in entanglement entropy is regularized, leading to S?A/LP2 in Einstein gravity. In more general models of gravity, the surface density of microscopic degrees of freedom is different which leads to a modified regularization procedure and the possibility that the entanglement entropy-when appropriately regularized-matches the Wald entropy. © 2010 The American Physical Society. Source

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