A falsely fat curvaton with an observable running of the spectral tilt

Marco Peloso, Lorenzo Sorbo, Gianmassimo Tasinato

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In slow roll inflation, the running of the spectral tilt is generically proportional to the square of the deviation from scale invariance, αs (ns-1)2, and is therefore currently undetectable. We present a mechanism able to generate a much larger running within slow roll. The mechanism is based on a curvaton field with a large mass term, and a time evolving normalization. This may happen for instance to the angular direction of a complex field in presence of an evolving radial direction. At the price of a single tuning between the mass term and the rate of change of the normalization, the curvaton can be made effectively light at the CMB scales, giving a spectral tilt in agreement with observations. The lightness is not preserved at later times, resulting in a detectable running of the spectral tilt. This mechanism shows that fields with a large mass term do not necessarily decouple from the inflationary physics, and provides a new tool for model building in inflation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2014


  • cosmological perturbation theory
  • inflation
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/H005498/1


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