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Primordial magnetic fields in false vacuum inflation

Davis, Anne-Christine and Dimopoulos, Konstantinos (1997) Primordial magnetic fields in false vacuum inflation. Physical Review D, 55 (12). pp. 7398-7414. ISSN 1550-7998

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Abstract

We show that, during false vacuum inflation, a primordial magnetic field can be created, sufficiently strong to seed the galactic dynamo and generate the observed galactic magnetic fields. Considering the inflaton dominated regime, our field is produced by the Higgs-field gradients, resulting from a grand unified phase transition. The evolution of the field is followed from its creation through to the epoch of structure formation, subject to the relevant constraints. We find that it is possible to create a magnetic field of sufficient magnitude, provided the phase transition occurs during the final 5 e-foldings of the inflationary period.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review D
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 22971
Deposited By: Dr Konstantinos Dimopoulos
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2009 13:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 11:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22971

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