Large-scale magnetic fields can explain the baryon asymmetry of the Universe

Tomohiro Fujita, Kohei Kamada

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Helical hypermagnetic fields in the primordial Universe can produce the observed amount of baryon asymmetry through the chiral anomaly without any ingredients beyond the standard model of particle physics. While they generate no B-L asymmetry, the generated baryon asymmetry survives the spharelon washout effect, because the generating process remains active until the electroweak phase transition. Solving the Boltzmann equation numerically and finding an attractor solution, we show that the baryon asymmetry of our Universe can be explained, if the present large-scale magnetic fields indicated by the blazar observations have a negative helicity and existed in the early Universe before the electroweak phase transition. We also derive the upper bound on the strength of the helical magnetic field, which is tighter than the cosmic microwave background constraint, to avoid the overproduction of baryon asymmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083520
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 19
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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