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Title: Reconciling induced-gravity inflation in supergravity with the Planck 2013 & BICEP2 results

Abstract

We generalize the embedding of induced-gravity inflation beyond the no-scale Supergravity presented in ref. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2014/08/057 employing two gauge singlet chiral superfields, a superpotential uniquely determined by applying a continuous R and a discrete ℤ{sub n} symmetries, and a logarithmic Kähler potential including all the allowed terms up to fourth order in powers of the various fields. We show that, increasing slightly the prefactor (−3) encountered in the adopted Kähler potential, an efficient enhancement of the resulting tensor-to-scalar ratio can be achieved rendering the predictions of the model consistent with the recent BICEP2 results, even with subplanckian excursions of the original inflaton field. The remaining inflationary observables can become compatible with the data by mildly tuning the coefficient involved in the fourth order term of the Kähler potential which mixes the inflaton with the accompanying non-inflaton field. The inflaton mass is predicted to be close to 10{sup 14} GeV.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Departament de Física Teòrica and IFIC, Universitat de València-CSIC, E-46100 Burjassot (Spain)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
OSTI Identifier:
22454503
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP10(2014)058; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:4498; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CHIRALITY; COSMOLOGICAL INFLATION; GEV RANGE; MASS; SCALARS; SUPERGRAVITY; SUPERSYMMETRY; TENSORS

Citation Formats

Pallis, C. Reconciling induced-gravity inflation in supergravity with the Planck 2013 & BICEP2 results. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/10/058.
Pallis, C. Reconciling induced-gravity inflation in supergravity with the Planck 2013 & BICEP2 results. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/10/058.
Pallis, C. 2014. "Reconciling induced-gravity inflation in supergravity with the Planck 2013 & BICEP2 results". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2014/10/058.
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title = {Reconciling induced-gravity inflation in supergravity with the Planck 2013 & BICEP2 results},
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abstractNote = {We generalize the embedding of induced-gravity inflation beyond the no-scale Supergravity presented in ref. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2014/08/057 employing two gauge singlet chiral superfields, a superpotential uniquely determined by applying a continuous R and a discrete ℤ{sub n} symmetries, and a logarithmic Kähler potential including all the allowed terms up to fourth order in powers of the various fields. We show that, increasing slightly the prefactor (−3) encountered in the adopted Kähler potential, an efficient enhancement of the resulting tensor-to-scalar ratio can be achieved rendering the predictions of the model consistent with the recent BICEP2 results, even with subplanckian excursions of the original inflaton field. The remaining inflationary observables can become compatible with the data by mildly tuning the coefficient involved in the fourth order term of the Kähler potential which mixes the inflaton with the accompanying non-inflaton field. The inflaton mass is predicted to be close to 10{sup 14} GeV.},
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journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
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