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Turning trajectories in multi-field inflation – Krzysztof Turzyński

Date: Tue. November 19th, 2013, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

The latest results from the PLANCK collaboration, consistent with the simplest single-field models of slow-roll inflation and with no trace of non-Gaussianity, have extinguished many hopes of seeing specific aspects of New Physics directly in the sky. One may then wonder whether the landscape of allowed inflationary models has been practically reduced to single-field effective theories. I shall argue that the answer is negative and present several inflationary models in which the turn-induced interactions between two scalar fields affect the normalization/running of the power spectrum of curvature perturbations, or smooth out its features (e.g. via particle production), actually driving the power spectrum towards phenomenologically acceptable characteristics.

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