Orthogonal non-Gaussianity in DBI galileon: prospect for Planck polarization and post-Planck experiments

Kazuya Koyama, Guido Walter Pettinari, Shuntaro Mizuno, Christian Fidler

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In this paper, we study cosmic microwave background (CMB) constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity in Dirac–Born–Infeld (DBI) galileon models in which an induced gravity term is added to the DBI action. In this model, the non-Gaussianity of orthogonal shape can be generated. We provide a relation between theoretical parameters and orthogonal/equilateral nonlinear parameters using the Fisher matrix approach for the CMB bispectrum. In doing so, we include the effect of the CMB transfer functions and experimental noise properties by employing the recently developed second order non-Gaussianity code. The relation is also shown in the language of effective theory so that it can be applied to general single-field models. Using the bispectrum Fisher matrix and the central values for equilateral and orthogonal non-Gaussianities found by the Planck temperature survey, we provide forecasts on the theoretical parameters of the DBI galileon model. We consider the upcoming Planck polarization data and the proposed post-Planck experiments Cosmic Origins Explore (COrE) and Polarized Radiation Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (PRISM). We find that Planck polarization measurements may provide a hint for a non-canonical sound speed at the 68% confidence level. COrE and PRISM will not only confirm a non-canonical sound speed but also exclude the conventional DBI inflation model at more than the 95% and 99% confidence level respectively, assuming that the central values will not change. This indicates that improving constraints on non-Gaussianity further by future CMB experiments is invaluable to constrain the physics of the early universe.
Original languageEnglish
Article number125003
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number12
Early online date29 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2014


  • non-Gaussianity
  • CMB
  • inflation


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