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Paper   IPM / Physic / 15077
School of Physics
  Title:   The effect of α vacua on the scalar and tensor spectral indices: Slow roll approximation
1.  F. Shojai
2.  H. Bouzari Nezhad
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Rev. D
  Vol.:  98
  Year:  2018
  Pages:   063512
  Supported by:  IPM
Since the duration of inflation is finite, imposing the initial condition in infinite past, i.e. the Bunch-Davies vacuum, is inherently ambiguous. In this paper, we resort to the mixed states as initial condition which are called the α-vacua and then introduce a physical momentum cutoff Λ [], in which the evolution of perturbations begins. We show that the initial time ti, when the initial condition is imposed, depends on the wave number of fluctuation, as it is for the time of horizon crossing, tq. Then we calculate the corrections to the scalar and tensor power spectra and their corresponding spectral indices. Throughout this work, the calculation is done up to the first order in slow-roll parameters. We indicate that the leading order corrections to the spectral indices have a q-dependent amplitude, 2ϵf[2ϵf([(q)/(qf)])4ϵ+4η−ηf([(q)/(qf)])3ϵ+ξ] times a q-dependent oscillatory part, cos([(2Λ(q/qf)ϵ)/(Hf)]), where H, ϵ, η, and ξ are the Hubble and slow-roll parameters respectively, and the subscript f denotes that these quantities are evaluated at the time when the first scale, qf, satisfies the initial condition, i.e. q=a(ti)Λ.

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