Probing early-universe phase transitions with CMB spectral distortions
If a GUT-scale phase transition occured after inflation, large domains in different vacuum states could be produced via the Kibble mechanism. The resulting network of scaling seeds supports horizon-scale density perturbations at all time (as shown in the below cartoon), stirring the baryon-photon plasma, which then generates CMB spectral distortions as the perturbations diffusively damp. […]
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