Information gain on reheating: the one bit milestone

Jerome Martin, Christophe Ringeval, Vincent Vennin

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We show that the Planck 2015 and BICEP2/KECK measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies provide together an information gain of 0.82±0.13 bits on the reheating history over all slow-roll single-field models of inflation. This corresponds to a 40% improvement compared to the Planck 2013 constraints on the reheating. Our method relies on an exhaustive CMB data analysis performed over nearly 200 models of inflation to derive the Kullback-Leibler entropy between the prior and the fully marginalized posterior of the reheating parameter. This number is a weighted average by the Bayesian evidence of each model to explain the data thereby ensuring its fairness and robustness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103532
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


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