Gravitational clustering in a D-dimensional Universe

Padmanabhan, T. ; Kanekar, Nissim (1999) Gravitational clustering in a D-dimensional Universe Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 61 (2). 023515_1-023515_4. ISSN 1550-7998

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We consider the problem of gravitational clustering in a D-dimensional expanding universe and derive scaling relations connecting the exact mean two-point correlation function with the linear mean correlation function, in the quasilinear and nonlinear regimes, using the standard paradigms of scale-invariant radial collapse and stable clustering. We show that the existence of scaling laws is a generic feature of gravitational clustering in an expanding background, in all dimensions except D=2 and comment on the special nature of the two-dimensional (2D) case. The D-dimensional scaling laws derived here reduce, in the three-dimensional case, to scaling relations obtained earlier from N-body simulations. Finally, we consider the case of clustering of two-dimensional particles in a 2D expanding background, governed by a force -GM/R, and show that the correlation function does not grow (to first order) until much after the recollapse of any shell.

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