Hyperbolic geometry of cosmological attractors

John Joseph Carrasco, Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde, Diederik Roest

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Abstract

Cosmological α attractors give a natural explanation for the spectral index ns of inflation as measured by Planck while predicting a range for the tensor-to-scalar ratio r, consistent with all observations, to be measured more precisely in future B-mode experiments. We highlight the crucial role of the hyperbolic geometry of the Poincaré disk or half plane in the supergravity construction. These geometries are isometric under Möbius transformations, which include the shift symmetry of the inflaton field. We introduce a new Kähler potential frame that explicitly preserves this symmetry, enabling the inflaton to be light. Moreover, we include higher-order curvature deformations, which can stabilize a direction orthogonal to the inflationary trajectory. We illustrate this new framework by stabilizing the single superfield α attractors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041301
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume92
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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