Cosmological density fluctuations in stochastic gravity: Formalism and linear analysis

Yuko Urakawa, Kei Ichi Maeda

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Abstract

We study primordial perturbations generated from quantum fluctuations of an inflaton based on the formalism of stochastic gravity. Integrating out the degree of freedom of the inflaton field, we analyze the time evolution of the correlation function of the curvature perturbation at tree level and compare it with the prediction made by the gauge-invariant linear perturbation theory. We find that our result coincides with that of the gauge-invariant perturbation theory if the e-folding from the horizon-crossing time is smaller than some critical value (∼| slow-roll parameter |-1), which is the case for the scales of the observed cosmological structures. However, in the limit of the superhorizon scale, we find a discrepancy in the curvature perturbation, which suggests that we should include the longitudinal part of the gravitational field in the quantization of a scalar field even in stochastic gravity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024013
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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