Université de GenèveDépartement de Physique ThéoriqueCAP Genève

Non-linear effects in cosmology

15. September 2014
Award Lecture SIGRAV prize, XXI SIGRAV conference (15-19 September 2014), Alessandria, Italy.
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In the near future cosmology will enter a new era in which the use of Newtonian gravity will no longer be sufficient in studying large scale structure (LSS). The next generation of LSS survey will probe the Universe with high precision and at very different scales, where non-linear and relativistic effects can play a key role. In this talk, I will present a new coordinate system, called geodesic light-cone (GLC) coordinates, useful to take in account such non-linear effects. I will show how, using the GLC gauge, one can solve non-perturbative the geodesic deviation equation, obtain an exact solution of the Jacobi Map and, through a coordinate transformation, obtain perturbative expression for cosmological observables in the Poisson gauge. Second order perturbative expressions can be used in the analysis of the weakly non-linear regime. In particular, I will show the second order result for the galaxy number counts and I will use it to evaluate the probably most important new terms in the relative bispectrum, comparing the outcome with the usual term from weakly non-linear Newtonian gravitational clustering.


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