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Opening the reheating box in multifield inflation

Authors
  • Martin, Jérôme
  • Pinol, Lucas
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Publisher
IOP Publishing
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
2021
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2021/12/022
Source
ioppublishing
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Abstract

The robustness of multi-field inflation to the physics of reheating is investigated. In order to carry out this study, reheating is described in detail by means of a formalism which tracks the evolution of scalar fields and perfect fluids in interaction (the inflatons and their decay products). This framework is then used to establish the general equations of motion of the background and perturbative quantities controlling the evolution of the system during reheating. Next, these equations are solved exactly by means of a new numerical code. Moreover, new analytical techniques, allowing us to interpret and approximate these solutions, are developed. As an illustration of a physical prediction that could be affected by the micro-physics of reheating, the amplitude of non-adiabatic perturbations in double inflation is considered. It is found that ignoring the fine-structure of reheating, as usually done in the standard approach, can lead to differences as big as ∼ 50%, while our semi-analytic estimates can reduce this error to ∼ 10%. We conclude that, in multi-field inflation, tracking the perturbations through the details of the reheating process is important and, to achieve good precision, requires the use of numerical calculations.

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