Measuring the duration of inflation with the curvaton

Jesus Torrado, Christian T. Byrnes, Robert J. Hardwick, Vincent Vennin, David Wands

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Abstract

Simple models of single-field inflation in the very early universe can generate the observed amplitude and scale dependence of the primordial density perturbation, but models with multiple fields can provide an equally good fit to current data. We show how future observations will be able to distinguish between currently favoured models. If a curvaton field generates the primordial perturbations after inflation, we show how the total duration of inflation can be measured.
Original languageEnglish
Article number063525
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume98
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N000668/1
  • ST/N5044245

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