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Title: GUT-scale inflation with sizeable tensor modes

A sizeable tensor-to-scalar ratio, such as recently claimed by BICEP2, would imply a scale of inflation at the typical scale of supersymmetric grand unification. This could be an accident, or strong support for supersymmetric theories. Models of F-term hybrid inflation naturally connect the GUT scale with the inflationary scale, but they also predict the tensor-to-scalar ratio to be unmeasurably small. In this work we analyze a general UV embedding of F-term hybrid inflation into a supergravity theory with a general Kähler potential. The CMB observables are generated during the early phase of inflation, at large inflaton values, where the potential is dominated by Planck-suppressed operators. Tuning the leading higher-order terms can give an inflaton potential with sizeable tensor fluctuations and a field excursion which is still sub-Planckian but close to the Planck scale, as expected from the Lyth bound.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. SISSA/INFN, Via Bonomea 265, 34136 Trieste (Italy)
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22373364
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 08; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; COSMOLOGICAL INFLATION; FLUCTUATIONS; GRAND UNIFIED THEORY; POTENTIALS; SUPERGRAVITY; SUPERSYMMETRY; TENSORS