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Initial conditions, Discreteness and non-linear structure formation in cosmology

Abstract : In this lecture we address three different but related aspects of the initial continuous fluctuation field in standard cosmological models. Firstly we discuss the properties of the so-called Harrison-Zeldovich like spectra. This power spectrum is a fundamental feature of all current standard cosmological models. In a simple classification of all stationary stochastic processes into three categories, we highlight with the name "super-homogeneous'' the properties of the class to which models like this, with $P(0)=0$, belong. In statistical physics language they are well described as glass-like. Secondly, the initial continuous density field with such small amplitude correlated Gaussian fluctuations must be discretised in order to set up the initial particle distribution used in gravitational N-body simulations. We discuss the main issues related to the effects of discretisation, particularly concerning the effect of particle induced fluctuations on the statistical properties of the initial conditions and on the dynamical evolution of gravitational clustering.
Keywords : Astrophysics
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F. Sylos Labini, T. Baertschiger, A. Gabrielli, M. Joyce. Initial conditions, Discreteness and non-linear structure formation in cosmology. 9th Course on Astrofundamental Physics, International School D. Chalonge: The Early Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background: Theory and Observations, Sep 2002, Palerme, Italy. ⟨in2p3-00192506⟩



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