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Original languageEnglish
Article number025
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP)
Volume2013
Issue numberJune
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2013

Abstract

The recent Planck results and future releases on the horizon present a key opportunity to address a fundamental question in inflationary cosmology of whether primordial density perturbations have a quantum or thermal origin, i.e. whether particle production may have significant effects during inflation. Warm inflation provides a natural arena to address this issue, with interactions between the scalar inflaton and other degrees of freedom leading to dissipative entropy production and associated thermal fluctuations. In this context, we present relations between CMB observables that can be directly tested against observational data. In particular, we show that the presence of a thermal bath warmer than the Hubble scale during inflation decreases the tensor-to-scalar ratio with respect to the conventional prediction in supercooled inflation, yielding $r

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  • hep-ph, astro-ph.CO, gr-qc, supersymmetry and cosmology, inflation, baryon asymmetry, cosmological parameters from CMBR

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