Cosmological inflation refers to an era of expansion that lasted for approximately $10^{-34}$ seconds, during which the universe expanded by a factor of approximately $10^26$ in every direction. This is different from ordinary space expansion and from the acceleration in expansion we experience now ...

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Does inflation predict a multiverse?

Does inflation necessarily predict a multiverse? Or is it the case that "It all depends on the properties of the initial field responsible for inflation, about which we can only speculate"?
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Cosmological fluctuations: what is gaussian?

When we are speaking about gaussianity and non-gaussianity in a cosmological context, what is gaussian or non-gaussian in the CMB? What would a non gaussian CMB look like compared to a gaussian one? ...
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Inflation as simply expansion of “previous space time”?

Suppose space-time is expanding at an ever accelerating rate now, and supposing it continues doing so in the future, won't our universe at some point in the far far distant future look exactly like it ...
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Hybrid Inflation and Supergravity

Is it necessary to add a constant term in the superpotential of hybrid inflation within supergravity in order to cancel SUSY vacuum energy at the end of inflation?
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Equation of motion for cyclic model of the universe

I recently started to study about cyclic universe. I came across this article [1]. My question is about the action that used for describing the cyclic model: $$S = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}(\frac{1}{16\pi ...
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Time diffeomorphisms breaking in inflation

I am currently working on the topic of inflation. It seems that at the stage of inflation, the universe can be described as a de Sitter space. In such a space, all spacetime diffeomorphisms are ...
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How can dynamics be reversible if inflation-style baby universe spawning is allowed?

I just finished readying Sean Carroll's book, "From Eternity to Here", and have a question about reversibility and inflation: Assume inflation allows random quantum fluctuations to produce high ...
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In a perturbative FRW cosmology, why do constant-density hypersurfaces define a good gauge?

It appears to be common in the discussion of perturbative FRW cosmologies to choose a gauge using hypersurfaces for special values of some quantity, like surfaces of constant density $\rho$, constant ...
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$f_{NL}$ non-Gaussianity in cosmology

In the context of cosmology, what is meant by "..arbitrary quadratic non-Gaussianity i.e non-Gaussianity that is described to leading order by a 3-point function.."? (.."quadratic non-Gaussianity" ...
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How do inflationary models predict the generation of gravitational waves during the inflationary period?

Recent results from the BICEP2 experiment have produced a lot of talk about the primordial gravitational waves produced during the inflationary period. I would like to have some explanation about how ...
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Would quantum fluctuations cause problems for scalar-field inflation?

Wheeler once said that spacetime would be highly curved at very small scales because of the uncertainty principle for energy-momentum. In which case the spacetime becomes very bumpy and not smooth ...
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Doesn't the presence of dark energy make the flatness problem less important?

If the cosmological constant (aka dark energy / vacuum energy) were zero, then an Omega greater than 1 would mean both positive curvature and a recollapse while an Omega less than 1 would mean both ...
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Drawbacks of single-field inflationary models with $\phi^2$ or $\phi^4$ potential?

I am aware that existing models of inflation, especially the single field chaotic inflation with quadratic or quartic potential, e.g. $$ V = \frac12 m^2 \phi^2 \qquad \text{or} \qquad \lambda \phi^4 ...
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Effective field theory of inflation in the slow roll case

I'm reading this set of notes by Daniel Baumann on the effective field theory of inflation but I can't quite understand one step in section 3.1.1 concerning slow roll inflation. Basically, the author ...
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Power spectrum calculation for simple inflaton potential

I am trying to obtain an expression for the power spectrum $\Delta (k)$ of cosmological perturbations, see for example eqn (148) from the following TASI lectures. Right now, I would like to use the ...
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Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian?

Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian? I heared it was because of Central Limit theorem. But I don't know how use this theorem explicitly in this question to get this ...
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Units and missing constants in quintessence expressions?

In cosmology, quintessence is an alternative to the cosmological constant. In this approach (described here), we consider a scalar field $\phi$ and its self-interacting potential $V\left(\phi\right)$ ...
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The speed of light during the inflationary period

Introduction: As a thought experiment, suppose I modified the value of $c$ (speed of light) in some local region and attempted to measure it with a clock placed in that same region. I will denote ...
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Question on Equipartition at Reheating?

Apologies in advance if this is a silly question. I am fimiliar with the idea of Reheating in cosmology, as discussed briefly here. I have been reading several papers which make the assumption of ...
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BICEP2 and string theory

Can anybody elaborate on the implications of the BICEP2 result for string theory? The discussion here What experiment would disprove string theory? suggests that refuting string theory is rather ...
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Never ending inflation

There are a lot of different models of inflation in cosmology, with plenty of different features and issues. I read that the problem with some models is that they introduce a never-ending inflation, ...
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Cosmic Inflation: Lower Expansion Rate with than without?

When I read the Cosmic Inflation diagram at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Horizonte_inflacionario.svg which I rotated to make it readable: where the Hubbleradius, and therefore also the ...
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Is Inflation modelled by a field?

If Inflation is modelled by a field - is this a classical field or a quantum field? If classical are there good reasons not to quantise it? What are the implications of such a quantisation?
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Can decompactification explain the inflation of the early universe?

I've just reread chapter 11 of this book where it is explained among other things, that our four dimensional universe could be unstable concerning a decompactification transition, since potential ...
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Is it really true that slow-roll inflation is incompatible with string theory?

In this blog post, Motl claimed that slow-roll inflation is incompatible with string theory. Is that really true, and why do people think so?
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Is eternal inflation Lorentz invariant?

Start without general relativity. Consider a metastable vacuum over good ol'-fashioned Minkowski space. It decays. A bubble forms and the domain wall expands. The domain wall is timelike, and ...
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Can composite field consists of two fermions cause cosmic inflation rather one scalar field?

Inflation is triggered by one scalar field, can a field composite of fermions do the same in the early universe
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Initial value dependence of slow-roll inflation

Observables in single field slow-roll inflation (lets assume a monomial potential for simplicity) depend only on the number of e-folds at the pivot-scale, $n_s=1-2/N_*$, $r=8/N_*$ etc. On the other ...
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Did the universe have a temperature during inflation?

I've heard it said that inflation was not an equilibrium process. But I've also heard it said that during inflation, the temperature of the universe was much cooler than before or after. If the ...
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Is there inflationary solution in $R^2$ theory in Jordan frame?

In the Starobinsky $R^2$ inflation model, one usually uses a conformal transformation from Jordan frame to Einstein frame in which the action can be written just like Einstein action + scalar field ...
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Cosmological inflation in LQG/LQC

I seek the state-of-the-art report on how cosmological inflation is described by loop quantum cosmology. I know that LQG/LQC predicts a big bounce to replace the classical big bang singularity of GR. ...
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Is the CMB Cold spot growing or shrinking?

What do we know about the nature of this region of the sky? is that region entirely devoid of galaxies? Could it be a bubble void, and we are simply unable to see the galaxies that are on the ...
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What was the diameter of the (observable?) universe at the end of inflation?

One reference says that during inflation, the universe expanded by a factor of 10**26. But I could find no reference to what the diameter was at the beginning. (Perhaps not surprisingly.) Is there an ...
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Correlation length during phase transitions in early Universe

During phase transitions of the second kind topological defects may form on the bounds of two areas separated by correlation length. In early Universe during phase transitions correlation length ...
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Structure formation: growth of density perturbations in sub-horizon vs super-horizon scales

I've always had difficulty visualizing how sub-horizon scales work versus super-horizon scales. Inflation causes perturbations due to quantum fluctuations. These are under-densities and ...
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How much has the universe expanded in total from the onset of inflation until today?

Starting from the onset of inflation, through inflation, reheating, radiation domination, matter domination, the transition toward dark energy domination all the way to today, how many e-folds of ...
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superhorizon mode and cmb

During the period of inflation, perturbations went out of the Hubble horizon (Hubble radius, R = 1/aH) because the Hubble radius was decreasing during that time. After inflation, the Hubble radius ...
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The definition of $f_{NL}$ and transfer function

To me there seems to be quite a few different definitions of $f_{NL}$ in cosmology and I would like to know if or how they are equivalent. Let me cite at least 3 such, One can see the equation 6.71 ...
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Are there a catalog for various potentials used in inflaton theory, or string theory, or inflation?

The question is if there exist a catalog of various field potentials (one field, two-field, and multi-field) in the literature and the corresponding effects in field theory? I know that the question ...
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Scales In Inflationary Cosmology

In inflationary cosmology terminologies, what do the scale, scale invariance and scale dependence really mean? This is an excerpt from http://arxiv.org/pdf/astro-ph/0702170v3.pdf "In presenting ...
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Is it accurate to say that nothing can travel faster than $c$ in a GR context, where more space can be created?

Years ago, my brother and I had an argument where I was trying to convince him that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light. I was pursuing this in the context of Special Relativity. My ...
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When did the strong force separate?

Given that Grand Unification may have happened, and inflation is accepted, which of these two scenarios is better accepted; 1) The strong force broke free before inflation, and is somehow causally ...
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What is the form of Higgs potential, when written using higgs mass and quartic coupling.

Usually we write Higgs potential as $V=-\frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 + \frac{1}{4}\lambda \phi^4$ What are the present reliable values of parameters '$\lambda$' and '$m$'? Is '$m$' used here Higgs mass? If ...
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Gravity's force on space

Here is a quote from Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, p. 273: “The early universe provided an arena in which gravity exerted its repulsive side with ...
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Connection between the energy scale when inflation starts, ends, the inflaton mass and the reheating temperature?

Let's assume inflation starts at some energy scale $E_s$ and ends at $E_e$. Is there anything general (I know there are many inflation models) one can say about the inflaton mass and the reheating ...
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Why does the $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$ model end up a cold de Sitter space?

If space-time is expanding at $a(t)=e^{Ht}$, you plug acceleration into the Hawking-Unruh temperature equation, solve for time, and get the cosmic horizon at the Planck temperature within about $4.4 ...
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Upper Limit of the Hubble Parameter right after Inflation

When I take the FLRW equation $$H_{(t)}=H_0\cdot\sqrt{\Omega_R\cdot a_{(t)}^{-4}+\Omega_M\cdot a_{(t)}^{-3}+\Omega_K\cdot a_{(t)}^{-2}+\Omega_{\Lambda}}$$ and calculate the value of the ...
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How long did it take for the universe to become 1 one light year?

Given the density, pressure and other cosmological parameters. At this point we're not even thinking of time... But would this have occurred during or post Inflation? Could this be the Expansion ...
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Understanding Bose enhancement in reheating

I'm struggling to understand the Bose enhancement in reheating. I've read that: At the end of inflation, the inflaton field, $\phi$, is something like a condensate with excitations of a single ...
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Question on “pocket” universes

I recently heard about the possibility of the creation of a "baby" universe or "pocket" universe from our space time,the theory says that concentrating enough mass into a tiny volume of space (like in ...