Non-Gaussianities in multifield DBI inflation with a waterfall phase transition

Taichi Kidani, Kazuya Koyama, Shuntaro Mizuno

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We study multifield Dirac-Born-Infeld (DBI) inflation models with a waterfall phase transition. This transition happens for a D3 brane moving in the warped conifold if there is an instability along angular directions. The transition converts the angular perturbations into the curvature perturbation. Thanks to this conversion, multifield models can evade the stringent constraints that strongly disfavor single field ultraviolet (UV) DBI inflation models in string theory. We explicitly demonstrate that our model satisfies current observational constraints on the spectral index and equilateral non-Gaussianity as well as the bound on the tensor to scalar ratio imposed in string theory models. In addition, we show that large local type non-Gaussianity is generated together with equilateral non-Gaussianity in this model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)083503 1-14
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


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