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Gravitational waves from fragmentation of a primordial scalar condensate into Q-balls

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Article number211301
Journal publication date29/07/2008
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


A generic consequence of supersymmetry is formation of a scalar condensate along the flat directions of the potential at the end of cosmological inflation. This condensate is usually unstable, and it can fragment into non-topological solitons, Q-balls. The gravitational waves produced by the fragmentation can be detected by Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and Big Bang Observer (BBO), which can offer an important window on the early universe and the physics at some very high energy scales.

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