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Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 08 (2009) 014
Primordial perturbations and non-Gaussianities from modulated trapping
D. Langlois1, 2, L. Sorbo

We propose a new mechanism to generate primordial curvature perturbations, based on the resonant production of particles during inflation. It is known that this phenomenon can trap the inflaton for a fraction of e-fold. This effect is governed by the mass of the produced particles and by their coupling to the inflaton, parameters which can depend on the expectation value of other fields. If one of such additional fields--a modulaton--is light, then its fluctuations, acquired during the earlier stages of inflation, will induce a spatial modulation of the trapping, and thus of the end of inflation, corresponding to a curvature perturbation. We calculate the power spectrum, bispectrum and trispectrum of the curvature perturbations generated by this mechanism, taking into account the perturbations due to the inflaton fluctuations as well. We find that modulated trapping could provide the main contribution to the observed power spectrum and lead to detectable primordial non-gaussianities.
1 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
2 :  IAP - Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Physique/Relativité Générale et Cosmologie Quantique

Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Phénoménologie

Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Théorie
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