APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Giovanni Tambalo (Max Planck institute)
Title: Resonant Features in Inflation Beyond Perturbation Theory
Date (JST): Thu, Jun 15, 2023, 11:00 - 12:00
Place: Hybrid
Abstract: Inflationary perturbations are mostly Gaussian, with non-Gaussian features usually calculated using in-in perturbation theory. However, for unlikely fluctuations, non-Gaussianities can be important and the probability distribution is then better characterized in a semi-classical approximation, which takes into account classical non-linearities at the non-perturbative level.
I will apply this method to resonant inflationary models, where the inflaton potential features tiny oscillatory modulations. In the limit where these modulations are very small and for a given curvature-perturbation profile at late times, the probability distribution can be studied analytically using a saddle-point approximation. I will describe the peculiar non-perturbative features we uncover, such as the oscillations as a function of the late-times field value.
Remarks: Seminar Room A + Zoom