Magnetic fields in the aftermath of phase transitions

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Abstract

The COSLAB effort has focused on the formation of topological defects during phase transitions. Yet there is another potentially interesting signature of cosmological phase transitions, which also deserves study in the laboratory. This is the generation of magnetic fields during phase transitions. In particular, cosmological phase transitions that also lead to preferential production of matter over antimatter ('baryogenesis') are expected to produce helical (left-handed) magnetic fields. The study of analogous processes in the laboratory can yield important insight into the production of helical magnetic fields, and the observation of such fields in the Universe can be invaluable for both particle physics and cosmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2915-2923
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume366
Issue number1877
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 28 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COSLAB
  • Magnetic fields
  • Phase transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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