We present examples of non-Gaussian statistics that can induce bispectra matching local and nonlocal (including equilateral) templates in biased subvolumes. We find cases where the biasing from coupling to long wavelength modes affects only the power spectrum, only the bispectrum or both. Our results suggest that ruling out multifield scenarios is quite difficult: some measurements of the scalar correlations, including the shape of the bispectrum, can be consistent with single-clock predictions even when cosmic variance from super-horizon modes is at work. Furthermore, if observations of the density perturbations rule out single-clock inflation, we will face a serious cosmic variance obstacle in drawing any further conclusions about the particle physics origin of the scalar fluctuations.
Physical Review D
- Pub Date:
- April 2015
- Particle-theory and field-theory models of the early Universe;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- 17 pages, 2 figures