Observing trans-Planckian ripples in the primordial power spectrum with future large scale structure probes

Jan Hamann, Steen Hannestad, Martin Snoager Sloth, Yvonne Y. Y. Wong

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We revisit the issue of ripples in the primordial power spectra caused by trans-Planckian physics, and the potential for their detection by future cosmological probes. We find that for reasonably large values of the first slow-roll parameter epsilon (> 0.001), a positive detection of trans-Planckian ripples can be made even if the amplitude is as low as 10^-4. Data from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the proposed future 21 cm survey with the Fast Fourier Transform Telescope (FFTT) will be particularly useful in this regard. If the scale of inflation is close to its present upper bound, a scale of new physics as high as 0.2 M_Planck could lead to observable signatures.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Article number0807.4528
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • astro-ph
  • gr-qc
  • hep-th

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