Non-Gaussianities in two-field inflation

F. Vernizzi, David Wands

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Abstract

We study the bispectrum of the curvature perturbation on uniform energy density hypersurfaces in models of inflation with two scalar fields evolving simultaneously. In the case of a separable potential, it is possible to compute the curvature perturbation up to second order in the perturbations, generated on large scales due to the presence of non-adiabatic perturbations, by employing the δN-formalism, in the slow-roll approximation. In this case, we provide an analytic formula for the nonlinear parameter fNL. We apply this formula to double inflation with two massive fields, showing that it does not generate significant non-Gaussianity; the nonlinear parameter at the end of inflation is slow-roll suppressed. Finally, we develop a numerical method for generic two-field models of inflation, which allows us to go beyond the slow-roll approximation and confirms our analytic results for double inflation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)019
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number05
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

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