Trispectrum from co-dimension 2(n) Galileons

Matteo Fasiello

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A generalized theory of multi-field galileons has been recently put forward. This model stems from the ongoing effort to embed generic galileon theories within brane constructions. Such an approach has proved very useful in connecting interesting and essential features of these theories with geometric properties of the branes embedding. We investigate the cosmological implications of a very restrictive multi-field galileon theory whose leading interaction is solely quartic in the scalar field and lends itself nicely to an interesting cosmology. The trispectrum of curvature fluctuations has features which are quite distinctive with respect to their P(X,\phi) counterpart. We also show that, despite an absent cubic Lagrangian in the full theory, non-Gaussianities in this model cannot produce the combination a of small bispectrum alongside with a large trispectrum. We further expand on this point to draw a lesson on what having a symmetry in the full background independent theory entails at the level of fluctuations and vice-versa.
Original languageEnglish
Article number033
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number2013
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2013


  • hep-th
  • astro-ph.CO
  • gr-qc
  • inflation
  • non-gaussianity
  • cosmological perturbation theory


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