Inflation dynamics and reheating

Bruce A. Bassett, Shinji Tsujikawa, David Wands

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The theory of inflation with single and multiple fields is reviewed paying particular attention to the dynamics of adiabatic and entropy/isocurvature perturbations which provide the primary means of testing inflationary models. The theory and phenomenology of reheating and preheating after inflation is reviewed providing a unified discussion of both the gravitational and nongravitational features of multifield inflation. In addition inflation in theories with extra dimensions and models such as the curvaton scenario and modulated reheating which provide alternative ways of generating large-scale density perturbations are covered. Finally interesting observational implications are discussed that can result from adiabatic-isocurvature correlations and non-Gaussianity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-589
JournalReviews of Modern Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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