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Title: Curvaton dynamics revisited

We revisit the dynamics of the curvaton in detail taking account of effects from thermal environment, effective potential and decay/dissipation rate for general field values and couplings. We also consider the curvature perturbation generated through combinations of various effects: large scale modulation of the oscillation epoch, the effective dissipation rate and the timing at which the equation of state changes. In particular, we find that it tends to be difficult to explain the observed curvature perturbation by the curvaton mechanism without producing too large non-Gaussianity if the curvaton energy density is dissipated through thermal effects. In particular, we find that if the renormalizable coupling between the curvaton and light elements is larger than the critical value ∼ (m{sub φ}/M{sub pl}){sup 1/2}, the curvaton is soon dissipated away almost regardless of its initial energy density, contrary to the standard perturbative decay. Therefore, the interaction between them should be suppressed in order for the curvaton to survive the thermal dissipation.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 133-0033 Japan (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22373531
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 06; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ENERGY DENSITY; EQUATIONS OF STATE; PERTURBATION THEORY; RENORMALIZATION; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE