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Sourcing curvature modes with entropy perturbations in non-singular bouncing cosmologies

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Ijjas,  Anna
Lise Meitner Excellence Group: Gravitational Theory and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Ijjas, A., & Kolevatov, R. (in preparation). Sourcing curvature modes with entropy perturbations in non-singular bouncing cosmologies.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-9B74-8
Abstract
The observed temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background can be traced back to primordial curvature modes that are sourced by adiabatic and/or entropic matter perturbations. In this paper, we explore the entropic mechanism in the context of non-singular bouncing cosmologies. We show that curvature modes are naturally generated during `graceful exit,' i.e., when the smoothing slow contraction phase ends and the universe enters the bounce stage. Here, the key role is played by the kinetic energy components that come to dominate the energy density and drive the evolution towards the cosmological bounce.