Abstract / Description of output
We study the statistical properties of the eigenvalues of the primordial tidal and deformation tensor for two-dimensional random Gaussian cosmic density fields. With the tidal and deformation tensors, Hessians of the gravitational and velocity potential, being Gaussian, the eigenvalue fields are distinctly non-Gaussian. We extend the Doroshkevich formula for the joined distribution of eigenvalues to two-dimensional fields and evaluate the two- and three-point correlation functions. In addition, we assess the number densities of singular points of the eigenvalue fields and find their corresponding two- and three-point correlation functions. The incentive for the present study is based on our interest in developing a fully analytical theory for the structure and dynamics of the cosmic web. The tidal forces and the resulting mass element deformation shape the prominent anisotropic wall-like and filamentary components of the cosmic web. Less well-known is that the weblike spatial pattern is already recognizable in the primordial tidal and deformation eigenvalue field. Against the full phase-space assessment of structure formation in the Universe, the caustic skeleton theory entails an analytical framework for the nonlinear evolution of the cosmic web. It accomplishes this by describing the folding of the dark matter sheet and quantifying the emerging caustic singularities, which are fully specified by the spatial properties of the deformation eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Finally, the eigenvalues of the primordial tidal tensor are crucial in the generation of the angular momentum of galaxies. Understanding their spatial distribution is a critical element in predicting the resulting rotation amplitude and orientation.
Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)
- cosmology: theory
- large-scale structure of Universe
- dark matter
- early universe