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Large scale primordial magnetic fields from inflation and preheating

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Publication date2000
Host publicationCOSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE PHYSICS: CAPP 2000: Proceedings
EditorsRuth Durrer, Juan Garcia- Bellido, Mikhail Shaposhnikov
Place of publicationMelville, N.Y.
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Pages443-446
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We consider models in which the (transverse) photon mass is non-zero during inflation and drops to zero non-adiabatically at the end of inflation. Through this process, vacuum fluctuations of the photon field are converted into physical, long-wavelength modes with high amplitude. The resulting spectrum of the field strength is approximately B_l ~ 1/l, where l is the relevant coherence scale. With a reasonable model of field evolution we obtain, on comoving galactic scales, a magnetic field strong enough to seed a dynamo mechanism and generate the observed galactic magnetic fields.