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Paper   IPM / Physic / 11616
School of Physics
  Title:   Gauged M-flation, Its UV Sensitivity and Spectator Species
1.  A. Ashoorioon
2.  M.M. Sheikh-Jabbari
  Status:   Published
  Journal: JCAP
  Vol.:  1106
  Year:  2011
  Pages:   014
  Supported by:  IPM
In this paper we study gauged M-flation, an inflationary model in which inflation is driven by three N×N scalar field matrices in the adjoint representation of U(N) gauge group. We focus our study on the gauged M-flation model which could be derived from the dynamics of a stack of D3-branes in appropriate background flux. The background inflationary dynamics is unaltered compared to the ungauged case of [], while the the spectrum of "spectator species", the isocurvature modes, differs from the ungauged case. Presence of a large number of spectators, although irrelevant to the slow-roll inflationary dynamics has been argued to lower the effective UV cutoff Λ of the theory from the Planck mass \mpl, invalidating the main advantage of M-flation in not having super-Planckian field values and unnaturally small couplings. Through a careful analysis of the spectrum of the spectators we argue that, contrary to what happens in N-flation models, M-flation is still UV safe with the modified (reduced) effective UV cutoff Λ, which we show to be of order (0.5−1)×10−1\mpl. Moreover, we argue that the string scale in our gauged M-flation model is larger than Λ by a factor of 10 and hence one can also neglect stringy effects. We also comment on the stability of classical inflationary paths in the gauged M-flation.

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