Multipoint propagators in cosmological gravitational instability

Francis Bernardeau, Martín Crocce, Román Scoccimarro

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    We introduce the concept of multipoint propagators between linear cosmic fields and their nonlinear counterparts in the context of cosmological perturbation theory. Such functions express how a nonlinearly evolved Fourier mode depends on the full ensemble of modes in the initial density field. We identify and resum the dominant diagrams in the large-k limit, showing explicitly that multipoint propagators decay into the nonlinear regime at the same rate as the two-point propagator. These analytic results generalize the large-k limit behavior of the two-point propagator to arbitrary order. We measure the three-point propagator as a function of triangle shape in numerical simulations and confirm the results of our high-k resummation. We show that any n-point spectrum can be reconstructed from multipoint propagators, which leads to a physical connection between nonlinear corrections to the power spectrum at small scales and higher-order correlations at large scales. As a first application of these results, we calculate the reduced bispectrum at one loop in renormalized perturbation theory and show that we can predict the decrease in its dependence on triangle shape at redshift zero, when standard perturbation theory is least successful.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number103521
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - Nov 20 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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