Warming up for Planck

Дата и время публикации : 2013-03-14T16:55:00Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Sam Bartrum
Arjun Berera
Joao G. Rosa

Ссылка на журнал-издание: JCAP06(2013)025
Коментарии к cтатье: 14 pages, 10 figures. Published in JCAP
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO, gr-qc, hep-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: The recent Planck results and future releases on the horizon present a key opportunity to address a fundamental question in inflationary cosmology of whether primordial density perturbations have a quantum or thermal origin, i.e. whether particle production may have significant effects during inflation. Warm inflation provides a natural arena to address this issue, with interactions between the scalar inflaton and other degrees of freedom leading to dissipative entropy production and associated thermal fluctuations. In this context, we present relations between CMB observables that can be directly tested against observational data. In particular, we show that the presence of a thermal bath warmer than the Hubble scale during inflation decreases the tensor-to-scalar ratio with respect to the conventional prediction in supercooled inflation, yielding $r< 8|n_t|$, where $n_t$ is the tensor spectral index. Focusing on supersymmetric models at low temperatures, we determine consistency relations between the observables characterizing the spectrum of adiabatic scalar and tensor modes, both for generic potentials and particular canonical examples, and which we compare with the WMAP and Planck results. Finally, we include the possibility of producing the observed baryon asymmetry during inflation through dissipative effects, thereby generating baryon isocurvature modes that can be easily accommodated by the Planck data.

Category: Physics