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Homework Help: Temperature at horizon entry

  1. Oct 23, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How do I calculate the temperature at which a galactic scale perturbation enters the horizon?
    This would be for radiation domination.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex] \left( \frac{\delta \rho}{\rho} \right)_{\lambda_0} (t) = \left( \frac{a(t)}{a_{eq}} \right) \left( \frac{\delta \rho}{\rho} \right)_{HOR} [/tex]
    [tex] a \propto \frac{1}{T} [/tex]
    [tex] \rho \propto a^{-4} \propto T^4 [/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    length scale of the perturbation is [itex] \lambda_0 [/itex] = 1 Mpc
    matter-radiation equality perturbation is [itex] \lambda_{0 eq} [/itex] = 100 Mpc
    temperature at equality [itex] T_{eq} [/itex] ~ 1 eV

    If I do this like for matter domination it gets a little over 8 kev, but I'm not sure how to do it for radiation domination.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 28, 2014 #2
    Thanks for the post! Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
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