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Title: Anisotropy in solid inflation

In the model of solid / elastic inflation, inflation is driven by a source that has the field theoretical description of a solid. To allow for prolonged slow roll inflation, the solid needs to be extremely insensitive to the spatial expansion. We point out that, because of this property, the solid is also rather inefficient in erasing anisotropic deformations of the geometry. This allows for a prolonged inflationary anisotropic solution, providing the first example with standard gravity and scalar fields only which evades the conditions of the so called cosmic no-hair conjecture. We compute the curvature perturbations on the anisotropic solution, and the corresponding phenomenological bound on the anisotropy. Finally, we discuss the analogy between this model and the f(φ)F{sup 2} model, which also allows for anisotropic inflation thanks to a suitable coupling between the inflaton φ and a vector field. We remark that the bispectrum of the curvature perturbations in solid inflation is enhanced in the squeezed limit and presents a nontrivial angular dependence, as had previously been found for the f(φ)F{sup 2} model.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia ''G. Galilei'', Università degli Studi di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy)
  2. INFN, Sezione di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22282714
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2013; Journal Issue: 08; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANISOTROPY; COUPLING; EXPANSION; GEOMETRY; GRAVITATION; INFLATIONARY UNIVERSE; INFLATONS; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; PERTURBATION THEORY; SCALAR FIELDS; VECTOR FIELDS