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Title: Chaotic inflation limits for non-minimal models with a Starobinsky attractor

We investigate inflationary attractor points by analysing non-minimally coupled single field inflation models in two opposite limits; the 'flat' limit in which the first derivative of the conformal factor is small and the 'steep' limit, in which the first derivative of the conformal factor is large. We consider a subset of models that yield Starobinsky inflation in the steep conformal factor, strong coupling, limit and demonstrate that they result in φ{sup 2n}-chaotic inflation in the opposite flat, weak coupling, limit. The suppression of higher order powers of the inflaton field in the potential is shown to be related to the flatness condition on the conformal factor. We stress that the chaotic attractor behaviour in the weak coupling limit is of a different, less universal, character than the Starobinsky attractor. Agreement with the COBE normalisation cannot be obtained in both attractor limits at the same time and in the chaotic attractor limit the scale of inflation depends on the details of the conformal factor, contrary to the strong coupling Starobinsky attractor.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22382075
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ATTRACTORS; CHAOS THEORY; COSMOLOGICAL INFLATION; COUPLING; POTENTIALS; STRONG-COUPLING MODEL