ACP Seminar (Astronomy - Cosmology - Particle Physics)

Speaker: Marina Cortes
Title: Viable inflationary models ending with a first-order phase transition
Date (JST): Thu, Jun 11, 2009, 13:30 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room at IPMU Prefab. B
Related File: 94.pdf
Abstract: We investigate the parameter space of hybrid inflation models where inflation terminates via a first-order phase transition causing nucleation of bubbles. Such models experience a tension from the need to ensure nearly scale invariant density perturbations, while avoiding a near scale-invariant bubble size distribution which would conflict observations. We perform an exact analysis of the different regimes of the models, where the energy density of the inflaton field ranges from being negligible as compared to the vacuum energy to providing most the energy for inflation. Despite recent microwave anisotropy results favouring a spectral index less than one, we find that there are still viable models that end with bubble production and can match all available observations.