Thermal photon dispersion law and modified black-body spectra

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Abstract

Based on the postulate that photon propagation is governed by an SU(2) gauge principle we numerically compute the one-loop dispersion for thermalized photon propagation on the radiatively induced mass shell. Formerly, the dispersion was addressed by assuming p2 = 0. While this approximation turns out to be excellent for temperatures ≤ 2 TCMB the exact result exhibits a much faster (power-like) shrinking of the gap in the black-body spectral intensity with rising temperature. Our previous statements on anomalous large-angle CMB temperature-temperature correlations, obtained in the approximation p2 = 0, remain valid.

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