Isocurvature modes and non-Gaussianity in affine inflation

Hemza Azri, Isaac Bamwidhi, Salah Nasri

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Abstract

Inflationary dynamics driven by multiple fields, especially with nonminimal couplings, allows for highly interesting features such as isocurvature, non-Gaussianity, and preheating. In this paper, we study two-field inflation in the context of purely affine gravity, where the metrical structure results from the dynamics of the spacetime affine connection. We introduce a covariant formulation in the new framework and show that it leads to a curved field space which can produce conspicuous departure from the purely metric gravity. In the case where the fields are canonical, the field manifold gains a conformally flat shape. Interestingly, while the manifold is generally curved, it is possible to be flattened by allowing a specific noncanonical field kinetic terms. This in turn simplifies the inflationary dynamics significantly while allowing for new predictions due to the effects of the nonminimal coupling function on the potential solely. We use this new feature in studying two-field inflation driven by quartic potentials for given parameter constants. We perform a numerical solution of the slow-roll dynamics and track the possible non-Gaussianity. We focus on field parameters that allow for spectral indices within the favored region of the Planck results. These are associated to tiny tensor-to-scalar ratios, r∼10-6 for single field and r∼10-4 for two-fields. We also show that two-field Higgs inflation may favor a curved field manifold.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104064
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume104
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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