Large nucleation distances from impurities in the cosmological quark-hadron transition

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We calculate the mean nucleation distance, $d_{nuc}$, in a first order cosmological quark-hadron phase transition. For homogeneous nucleation we find that self-consistent inclusion of curvature energy reduces $d_{nuc}$ to $\lesssim 2$cm. However, impurities can lead to heterogeneous nucleation with $d_{nuc}$ of several meters, a value high enough to change the outcome of Big Bang nucleosynthesis.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPhysical Review D
Vol/bind53
Nummer10
Sider (fra-til)5446-5454
Antal sider9
ISSN2470-0010
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15 maj 1996

Bibliografisk note

18 pages, 5 ps figures. To appear in Physical Review D, 15 May 1996

    Forskningsområder

  • astro-ph, hep-ph

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