Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation

Battefeld D, Battefeld T, Byrnes C, Langlois D (2011)
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2011(08).

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We consider a two-dimensional model of inflation, where the inflationary trajectory is "deformed" by a grazing encounter with an Extra Species/Symmetry Point (ESP) after the observable cosmological scales have left the Hubble radius. The encounter entails a sudden production of particles, whose backreaction causes a bending of the trajectory and a temporary decrease in speed, both of which are sensitive to initial conditions. This "modulated" effect leads to an additional contribution to the curvature perturbation, which can be dominant if the encounter is close. We compute associated non-Gaussianities, the bispectrum and its scale dependence as well as the trispectrum, which are potentially detectable in many cases. In addition, we consider a direct modulation of the coupling to the light field at the ESP via a modulaton field, a mixed scenario whereby the modulaton is identified with a second inflaton, and an extended Extra Species Locus (ESL); all of these scenarios lead to similar additional contributions to observables. We conclude that inflaton interactions throughout inflation are strongly constrained if primordial non-Gaussianities remain unobserved in current experiments such as PLANCK. If they are observed, an ESP encounter leaves additional signatures on smaller scales which may be used to identify the model.
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Battefeld D, Battefeld T, Byrnes C, Langlois D. Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 2011;2011(08).
Battefeld, D., Battefeld, T., Byrnes, C., & Langlois, D. (2011). Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2011(08).
Battefeld, D., Battefeld, T., Byrnes, C., and Langlois, D. (2011). Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2011.
Battefeld, D., et al., 2011. Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2011(08).
D. Battefeld, et al., “Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation”, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, vol. 2011, 2011.
Battefeld, D., Battefeld, T., Byrnes, C., Langlois, D.: Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 2011, (2011).
Battefeld, Diana, Battefeld, Thorsten, Byrnes, Christian, and Langlois, David. “Beauty is Distractive: Particle production during multifield inflation”. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2011.08 (2011).
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