Quark matter and cosmology

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The possible implications of the quark-hadron transition for cosmology are explored. Possible surviving signatures are discussed. In particular, the possibility of generating a dark matter candidate such as strange nuggets or planetary mass black holes is noted. Much discussion is devoted to the possible role of the transition for cosmological nucleosynthesis. It is emphasized that even an optimized first order phase transition will not significantly alter the nucleosynthesis constraints on the cosmological baryon density nor on neutrino counting. However, it is noted that Be and B observations in old stars may eventually be able to be a signature of a ... continued below

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Schramm, D. N.; Fields, B. & Thomas, D. January 1, 1992.

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The possible implications of the quark-hadron transition for cosmology are explored. Possible surviving signatures are discussed. In particular, the possibility of generating a dark matter candidate such as strange nuggets or planetary mass black holes is noted. Much discussion is devoted to the possible role of the transition for cosmological nucleosynthesis. It is emphasized that even an optimized first order phase transition will not significantly alter the nucleosynthesis constraints on the cosmological baryon density nor on neutrino counting. However, it is noted that Be and B observations in old stars may eventually be able to be a signature of a cosmologically significant quark-hadron transition. It is pointed out that the critical point in this regard is whether the observed B/Be ratio can be produced by spallation processes or requires cosmological input. Spallation cannot produce a B/Be ratio below 7.6. A supporting signature would be Be and B ratios to oxygen that greatly exceed galactic values. At present, all data is still consistent with a spallagenic origin.

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  • Quark matter `91,Gatlinburg, TN (United States),11-15 Nov 1991

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  • Other: DE92011736
  • Report No.: FNAL/C--92/20-A
  • Report No.: CONF-9111165--12
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03000
  • Grant Number: FG02-91ER40606
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10138522
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Schramm, D. N.; Fields, B. & Thomas, D. Quark matter and cosmology, article, January 1, 1992; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1314537/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.