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The Fractal Structure of the Universe: A New Field Theory Approach

1998
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Astrophysical Journal
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While the universe becomes more and more homogeneous at large scales, statistical analysis of galaxy catalogs have revealed a fractal structure at small-scales (\lambda < 100 h^{-1} Mpc), with a fractal dimension D=1.5-2 (Sylos Labini et al 1996). We study the thermodynamics of a self-gravitating system with the theory of critical phenomena and finite-size scaling and show that gravity provides a dynamical mechanism to produce this fractal structure. We develop a field theoretical approach to

doi:10.1086/305700
fatcat:bstitilst5dfvfl4n4hubup2ki