Time evolution in linear response: Boltzmann equations and beyond

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Abstract

In this work a perturbative linear response analysis is performed for the time evolution of the "quasiconserved" charge of a scalar field. One can find two regimes, one follows exponential damping, where the damping rate is shown to come from quantum Boltzmann equations. The other regime (coming from multiparticle cuts) decays as power law. The most important, nonoscillating contribution in our model comes from a four-particle intermediate state and decays as 1/t3. These results may have relevance for instance in the context of lepton number violation in the early Universe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085029
Pages (from-to)850291-8502911
Number of pages7652621
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume65
Issue number8 B
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2002

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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