Global texture and the microwave background

Neil Turok, David Spergel

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The metric perturbation produced by a collapsing knot of global texture in a flat background is calculated. This is used to calculate the energy shift for photons traversing such knots, leading to a prediction for the microwave anisotropy pattern produced in the global-texture scenario for large-scale structure formation. The metric is also used to calculate the velocity field induced in nonrelativistic matter, on scales well inside the horizon. This would produce an early generation of small gravitationally bound objects. At larger scales, the texture field would induce coherent velocity fields on a scale comparable to that seen in galaxy surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2736-2739
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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