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Understanding and Flattening the Wrinkles in the Universe

Mark Neyrinck, Johns Hopkins University
March 11, 2013 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Building 362, Room F108
Structures ("wrinkles") in the Universe like filaments and haloes are essential components of the arrangement of matter on large scales. They form in analogy to the origami-folding of a "sheet" of dark matter, and I will discuss some recent advances in modeling this process. While these structures are fascinating, and conveniently allow observers like us to exist, they also make it harder to extract cosmological information on nonlinear scales. In particular, sharp peaks greatly diminish the power of conventional clustering statistics in cosmology. I will discuss how largely to fix them with Gaussianization.