Non-Gaussian bubbles in the sky

Kazuyuki Sugimura, Daisuke Yamauchi, Misao Sasaki

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We point out a possible generation mechanism of non-Gaussian bubbles in the sky due to bubble nucleation in the early universe. We consider a curvaton scenario for inflation and assume that the curvaton field φ, whose energy density is subdominant during inflation but which is responsible for the curvature perturbation of the universe, is coupled to another field σ which undergoes false vacuum decay through quantum tunneling. For this model, we compute the skewness of the curvaton fluctuations due to its interaction with σ during tunneling, that is, on the background of an instanton solution that describes false vacuum decay. We find that the resulting skewness of the curvaton can become large in the spacetime region inside the bubble. We then compute the corresponding skewness in the statistical distribution of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature fluctuations. We find a non-vanishing skewness in a bubble-shaped region in the sky. It can be large enough to be detected in the near future, and if detected it will bring us invaluable information about the physics in the early universe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29004
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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