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Paper IPM / Astronomy / 15843  


Abstract:  
We present a model of inflation in which the inflaton field is charged under a triplet of
U
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1
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gauge fields. The model enjoys an internal
O
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3
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symmetry supporting the isotropic FRW solution. With an appropriate coupling between the gauge fields and the inflaton field, the system reaches an attractor regime in which the gauge fields furnish a small constant fraction of the total energy density. We decompose the scalar perturbations into the adiabatic and entropy modes and calculate the contributions of the gauge fields into the curvature perturbations power spectrum. We also calculate the entropy power spectrum and the adiabaticentropy crosscorrelation. In addition to the metric tensor perturbations, there are tensor perturbations associated with the gauge field perturbations that are coupled to metric tensor perturbations. We show that the correction in the primordial gravitational tensor power spectrum induced from the matter tensor perturbation is a sensitive function of the gauge coupling.
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