Effects of a primordial magnetic field with log-normal distribution on the cosmic microwave background

Dai G. Yamazaki, Kiyotomo Ichiki, Keitaro Takahashi
2011 Physical Review D  
We study the effect of primordial magnetic fields (PMFs) on the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). We assume the spectrum of PMFs is described by log-normal distribution which has a characteristic scale, rather than power-law spectrum. This scale is expected to reflect the generation mechanisms and our analysis is complementary to previous studies with power-law spectrum. We calculate power spectra of energy density and Lorentz force of the log-normal PMFs, and then
more » ... , and then calculate CMB temperature and polarization angular power spectra from scalar, vector, and tensor modes of perturbations generated from such PMFs. By comparing these spectra with WMAP7, QUaD, CBI, Boomerang, and ACBAR data sets, we find that the current CMB data set places the strongest constraint at $k\simeq 10^{-2.5}$ Mpc$^{-1}$ with the upper limit $B\lesssim 3$ nG.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.84.123006 fatcat:fe4jh5mxxraa7bxcy6azrkhbza