Slow roll during the waterfall regime: The small coupling window for supersymmetric hybrid inflation

Sébastien Clesse, Björn Garbrecht

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It has recently been pointed out that a substantial amount of e-folds can occur during the waterfall regime of hybrid inflation. Moreover, Kodama et al. have derived analytic approximations for the trajectories of the inflaton and of the waterfall fields. Based on these, we derive here the consequences for F- and D-term supersymmetric hybrid inflation: a substantial amount of e-folds may occur in the waterfall regime, provided κ M2/MP2, where κ is the superpotential coupling, M the scale of symmetry breaking and M P the reduced Planck mass. When this condition is amply fulfilled, a number of e-folds much larger than N e 60 can occur in the waterfall regime and the scalar spectral index is then given by the expression found by Kodama et al. n s=1-4/N e. This value may be increased up to unity, if only about N e e-folds occur during the waterfall regime, such that the largest observable scale leaves the horizon close to the critical point of hybrid inflation, what can be achieved for κ 10 -13 and M 5×1012GeV in F-term inflation. Imposing the normalization of the power spectrum leads to a lower bound on the scale of symmetry breaking.

langue originaleAnglais
Numéro d'article023525
journalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Numéro de publication2
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Etat de la publicationPublié - 13 juil. 2012
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