Constraining curvatonic reheating

Robert Hardwick, Vincent Vennin, Kazuya Koyama, David Wands

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Abstract

We derive the first systematic observational constraints on reheating in models of inflation where an additional light scalar field contributes to primordial density perturbations and affects the expansion history during reheating. This encompasses the original curvaton model but also covers a larger class of scenarios. We find that, compared to the single-field case, lower values of the energy density at the end of inflation and of the reheating temperature are preferred when an additional scalar field is introduced. For instance, if inflation is driven by a quartic potential, which is one of the most favoured models when a light scalar field is added, the upper bound Treh < 5 × 104 GeV on the reheating temperature Treh is derived, and the implications of this value on post-inflationary physics are discussed. The information gained about reheating is also quantified and it is found that it remains modest in plateau inflation (though still larger than in the single-field version of the model) but can become substantial in quartic inflation. The role played by the vev of the additional scalar field at the end of inflation is highlighted, and opens interesting possibilities for exploring stochastic inflation effects that could determine its distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Article number042
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume2016
Issue number08
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/K00090X/1
  • ST/N000668/1
  • ST/K502248/1
  • inflation
  • physics of the early universe

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