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Paper   IPM / P / 12965
School of Physics
  Title:   Reconciliation of High Energy Scale Models of Inflation with Planck
1.  A. Ashoorioon
2.  K. Dimopoulos
3.  M.M. Sheikh-Jabbari
4.  G. Shiu
  Status:   Published
  Journal: JCAP
  Vol.:  1402
  Year:  2014
  Pages:   025
  Supported by:  IPM
The inflationary cosmology paradigm is very successful in explaining the CMB anisotropy to the percent level. Besides the dependence on the inflationary model, the power spectra, spectral tilt and non-Gaussianity of the CMB temperature fluctuations also depend on the initial state of inflation. Here, we examine to what extent these observables are affected by our ignorance in the initial condition for inflationary perturbations, due to unknown new physics at a high scale M. For initial states that satisfy constraints from backreaction, we find that the amplitude of the power spectra could still be significantly altered, while the modification in bispectrum remains small. For such initial states, M has an upper bound of a few tens of H, with H being the Hubble parameter during inflation. We show that for M ∼ 20 H, such initial states always (substantially) suppress the tensor to scalar ratio. In particular we show that a general choice of initial conditions can satisfactorily reconcile the simple 12m2 ϕ2 chaotic model with the Planck data.

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