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Europhysics Letters 66 (2004) 171-177
Universality of power law correlations in gravitational clustering
F. Sylos Labini1, T. Baertschiger, M. Joyce2

We present an analysis of different sets of gravitational N-body simulations, all describing the dynamics of discrete particles with a small initial velocity dispersion. They encompass very different initial particle configurations, different numerical algorithms for the computation of the force, with or without the space expansion of cosmological models. Despite these differences we find in all cases that the non-linear clustering which results is essentially the same, with a well-defined simple power law behaviour in the two-point correlations in the range from a few times the lower cut-off in the gravitational force to the scale at which fluctuations are of order one. We argue, presenting quantitative evidence, that this apparently universal behaviour can be understood by the domination of the small-scale contribution to the gravitational force, coming initially from nearest-neighbor particles.
1 :  LPT - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay [Orsay]
2 :  LPNHE - Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Énergies
Physique/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique

Physique/Matière Condensée/Autre
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