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Probing Primordial Non-Gaussianity with the Topology of CMB and Large-Scale Structure

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Non-Gaussianity in primordial density fields is known to be a unique probe to discriminate inflationary models. I present the effect of primordial non-Gaussianity on CMB temperature anisotropy and large-scale structure with a focus on their topological properties quantitatively characterized by the Minkowski functionals. Deriving analytical formulae of the Minkowski Functionals from primordial non-Gaussianity, I apply it to compare with WMAP data and then give a new constraint on a usual non-linear coupling parameter fNL. I also present the effect of primordial non-Gaussianity on the development of large-scale structure using N-body simulations.

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