Probing primordial non-Gaussianity with today's universe

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Abstract

Primordial non-Gaussianity has been traditionaly constrained using three-point function of the cosmic microwave background. Two years ago, however, Dalal et al have shown that non-Gaussianity of the local type induces a scale dependent bias for biased tracers of the underlying dark matter structure. This allows constraining of the primordial non-Gaussianity from measurements of large-scale structure provided by redshift surveys. I will discuss the technique, its theoretical aspects,
it surprising resilience towards systematics and current results from the real data. I will also show some preliminary new results: extension to the two field inflationary models and the analogue of the Dalal effect in the Lyman alpha forest.