Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 345–350 | Cite as

Primordial magnetic fields and symmetry restoration

  • Martin Beech


In the standard cosmological model symmetry breaking in grand unified theories will occur at times ∼10−39 s after the initial singularity when the Universe has cooled to a temperature ∼1016 GeV. We investigate here whether it is possible for a uniform, large-scale, magnetic field present in the early universe to delay significantly the time at which symmetry breaking occurs. Given the present magnitude of the intergalactic B-field (≲10−11–10−9 G) it is found that no significant effects are introduced.


Magnetic Field Symmetry Breaking Cosmological Model Unify Theory Early Universe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Beech
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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