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ABSTRACT: We reexamine the recently proposed "little inflation" scenario that allows for a strong first order phasetransition of QCD at nonnegligible baryon number in the early universe and its possible observable consequences. The scenario is based on the assumptions of a strong mechanism for baryogenesis and a quasistable QCDmedium state which triggers a short inflationary period of inflation diluting the baryon asymmetry to the value observed today. The cosmological implications are reexamined, namely effects on primordial density fluctuations up to dark matter mass scales of $M_{max} \sim 1 M_{\astrosun}$, change in the spectral slope up to $M_{max} \sim 10^6 M_{\astrosun}$, production of seeds for the present galactic and extragalactic magnetic fields and a gravitational wave spectrum with a peak frequency around $\nu_{peak} \sim 4 \cdot 10^{8} Hz$. We discuss the issue of nucleation in more detail and employ a chiral effective model of QCD to study the impact on small scale structure formation.Physical review D: Particles and fields 05/2011; DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.85.103506 · 4.86 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: For large baryochemical potential, strongly interacting matter might undergo a first order phase transition at temperatures T ~ 100200 MeV. Within standard cosmology, however, the chemical potential is assumed to be very small leading to a crossover. We discuss implications of a first order QCD transition at high chemical potential being consistent with current observations. In this contribution we concentrate on effects on the gravitational wave spectrum. There are other interesting cosmological signals as a modification of the power spectrum of dark matter, the production of stellar black holes, and the seeds for the extragalactic magnetic fields which we briefly address also. 
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ABSTRACT: We investigate cosmological implications of an energy density contribution arising by elastic dark matter selfinteractions. Its scaling behaviour shows that it can be the dominant energy contribution in the early universe. Constraints from primordial nucleosynthesis give an upper limit on the selfinteraction strength which allows for the same strength as standard model strong interactions. Furthermore we explore the cosmological consequences of an early selfinteraction dominated universe. Chemical dark matter decoupling requires that selfinteracting dark matter particles are rather light (keV range) but we find that superweak inelastic interactions are predicted by strong elastic dark matter selfinteractions. Assuming a second, collisionless cold dark matter component, its natural decoupling scale exceeds the weak scale and is in accord with the electron and positron excess observed by PAMELA and FermiLAT. Structure formation analysis reveals a linear growing solution during selfinteraction domination, enhancing structures up to ~ 10^(3) solar masses long before the formation of the first stars. 
Physical Review Letters 02/2011; 106(6). DOI:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.106.069901 · 7.73 Impact Factor

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ABSTRACT: The QCD phase diagram might exhibit a first order phase transition for large baryochemical potentials. We explore the cosmological implications of such a QCD phase transition in the early universe. We propose that the large baryonasymmetry is diluted by a little inflation where the universe is trapped in a false vacuum state of QCD. The little inflation is stopped by bubble nucleation which leads to primordial production of the seeds of extragalactic magnetic fields, primordial black holes and gravitational waves. In addition the power spectrum of cold dark matter can be affected up to mass scales of a billion solar masses. The imprints of the cosmological QCD phase transition on the gravitational wave background can be explored with the future gravitational wave detectors LISA and BBO and with pulsar timing.Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics 12/2010; 66(2). DOI:10.1016/j.ppnp.2011.01.017 · 2.38 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: We have investigated effects of the QCD phase transition on the relic GW spectrum applying several equations of state for the strongly interacting matter: Besides the bag model, which describes a first order transition, we use recent data from lattice calculations featuring a crossover. Finally, we include a short period of inflation during the transition which allows for a first order phase transition at finite baryon density. Our results show that the QCD transition imprints a step into the spectrum of GWs. Within the first two scenarios, entropy conservation leads to a stepsize determined by the relativistic degrees of freedom before and after the transition. The inflation of the third scenario much stronger attenuates the highfrequency modes: An inflationary model being consistent with observation entails suppression of the spectral energy density by a factor of ~10^(12).Physical review D: Particles and fields 10/2010; 83(6). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.064030 · 4.86 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: We explore a scenario that allows for a strong first order phase transition of QCD at a nonnegligible baryon number in the early Universe and its possible observable consequences. The main assumption is a quasistable QCDvacuum state that leads to a short period of inflation, consequently diluting the net baryon to photon ratio to today's observed value. A strong mechanism for baryogenesis is needed to start out with a baryon asymmetry of order unity, e.g., as provided by AffleckDine baryogenesis. The cosmological implications are direct effects on primordial density fluctuations up to dark matter mass scales of M{max}∼110M{⊙}, change in the spectral slope up to M{max}∼10{6}10{8}M{⊙}, production of strong primordial magnetic fields and a gravitational wave spectrum with present day peak strain amplitude of up to h{c}(ν{peak})∼5×10{15} around ν{peak}∼4×10{8} Hz.Physical Review Letters 07/2010; 105(4):041301. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.041301 · 7.73 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: We investigate cosmological constraints on an energy density contribution of elastic dark matter selfinteractions characterized by the mass of the exchange particle and coupling constant. Because of the expansion behaviour in a RobertsonWalker metric we investigate selfinteracting dark matter that is warm in the case of thermal relics. The scaling behaviour of dark matter selfinteraction energy density shows that it can be the dominant contribution (only) in the very early universe. Thus its impact on primordial nucleosynthesis is used to restrict the interaction strength, which we find to be at least as strong as the strong interaction. Furthermore we explore dark matter decoupling in a selfinteraction dominated universe, which is done for the selfinteracting warm dark matter as well as for collisionless cold dark matter in a two component scenario. We find that strong dark matter selfinteractions do not contradict superweak inelastic interactions between selfinteracting dark matter and baryonic matter and that the natural scale of collisionless cold dark matter decoupling exceeds the weak scale and depends linearly on the particle mass. Finally structure formation analysis reveals a linear growing solution during selfinteraction domination; however, only noncosmological scales are enhanced. Comment: 14 pages, 14 figures; version published in Phys. Rev. DPhysical review D: Particles and fields 03/2010; DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.81.123513 · 4.86 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: Some recent developments concerning the role of strange quark matter for astrophysical systems and the QCD phase transition in the early universe are addressed. Causality constraints of the soft nuclear equation of state as extracted from subthreshold kaon production in heavyion collisions are used to derive an upper mass limit for compact stars. The interplay between the viscosity of strange quark matter and the gravitational wave emission from rotationpowered pulsars are outlined. The flux of strange quark matter nuggets in cosmic rays is put in perspective with a detailed numerical investigation of the merger of two strange stars. Finally, we discuss a novel scenario for the QCD phase transition in the early universe, which allows for a small inflationary period due to a pronounced first order phase transition at large baryochemical potential. Comment: 8 pages, invited talk given at the International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter (SQM2009), Buzios, Brasil, September 28  October 2, 2009Journal of Physics G Nuclear and Particle Physics 02/2010; DOI:10.1088/09543899/37/9/094005 · 2.84 Impact Factor 
Article: Cosmology of fermionic dark matter
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ABSTRACT: We explore a model for a fermionic dark matter particle family which decouples from the rest of the partices when at least all standard model particles are in equilibrium. We calculate the allowed ranges for mass and chemical potential to be compatible with big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) calculations and WMAPdata for a flat universe with dark energy. Futhermore we estimate the free streaming length for fermions and antifermions to allow comparison to large scale structure data (LLS). We find that for dark matter decoupling when all standard model particles are present even the least restrictive combined BBN calculation and WMAP results allow us to constrain the initial dark matter chemical potential to a highest value of 6.3 times the dark matter temperature. In this case the resulting mass range is at most 1.8 eV < m < 53 eV, where the upper bound scales linearly with the effective degrees of freedom at decoupling. From LSS we find that similar to ordinary warm dark matter models the particle mass has to be larger than approximately 500 eV (meaning the effective degrees of freedom at decoupling have to be > 1000) to be compatible with observations of the Ly alpha forest at high redshift, but still the dark matter chemical potential over temperature ratio can exceed unity.Physical review D: Particles and fields 08/2007; 76(10). DOI:10.1103/PHYSREVD.76.103509 · 4.86 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: In standard cosmology, one concludes that the early universe evolves along µ B ∼ 0. Thus, the early universe would cross the QCD phase transition where one expects a crossover transition from lattice gauge calculations. Fig. 1: Evolution through the QCD phase diagram in the standard cosmological scenario: The universe passes through the crossover region of the QCD phase diagram at µ/T ∼ 0. Evolution through the QCD phase diagram for the little inflation scenario: The universe is trapped in a metastable vacuum at the first order phase transition line, supercools and is reheated back close to the critical temperature. A first order phase transition allows for a false metastable vacuum state where the universe could be trapped for some time → Inflationary Phase. The baryon to photon ratios before and after the inflationary period should scale with the ratio of the scale parameters cubed as entropy is produced during reheating while baryon number is conserved so that µ B T f ≈ a i a f 3 µ B T i . The final ratio should be 10 −9 as observed. So we need just a boost of N = ln (a f /a i) ∼ ln(10 3) ∼ 7, i.e. seven efolds, to get an initial ratio of (µ B /T) i ∼ O(1). Our scenario [1] is as follows: • The early universe is at large baryochemical potentials µ B /T 1 initially. • The early universe reaches the first order phase transition line of QCD at high baryochemical potentials and is trapped in the false vacuum. The inflationary period starts with supercooling and dilution with µ B /T = const. • The decay to the true vacuum state will release latent heat, so that the universe is reheated to T ∼ T c . Due to the entropy produced during the transition the final baryon to photon ratio is given by µ B /T ∼ 10 −9 . • Finally, the universe evolves along the standard cosmological path. The path through the QCD phase diagram for the little inflation scenario is depicted in Fig. 1.
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2011

Universität Heidelberg
 Institute of Theoretical Physics
Heidelburg, BadenWürttemberg, Germany


2007

GoetheUniversität Frankfurt am Main
 Institut für Theoretische Physik (ITP)
Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
