Constraints on the primordial curvature power spectrum from primordial black holes

Gabriela Sato-Polito, Ely D. Kovetz, Marc Kamionkowski

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Large-amplitude density perturbations may have collapsed during the radiation dominated epoch of the Universe to form primordial black holes (PBHs). There are several constraints to the abundance of PBHs that stem from evaporation or gravitational effects. Due to the connection between primordial perturbations and the formation of PBHs, constraints on the present-day abundance of PBHs can be translated into limits on the primordial curvature power spectrum. We introduce several new observational and forecasted constraints to the amplitude of the primordial power spectrum and incorporate in our analysis uncertainties in the critical overdensity for collapse and considerations of ellipsoidal collapse. Our results provide the most stringent limits from PBHs on the primordial curvature power spectrum on small scales.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number63521
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number6
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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