Curvature perturbation spectrum from false vacuum inflation

Jinn Ouk Gong, Misao Sasaki

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In the inflationary cosmology it occurs frequently that the inflaton field is trapped in a local, transient minimum with non-zero vacuum energy. The difficulty regarding the curvature perturbation produced during such a stage is that classically the inflaton does not move so that the comoving hypersurfaces are not well defined at linear order in the scalar field perturbation. In this paper, assuming a mechanism of trapping which resembles a high temperature correction to the potential, we explicitly calculate for the first time the resulting power spectrum of the curvature perturbation by evaluating the quantum two-point correlation function directly. The spectrum is steeply blue with the spectral index n R = 4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Cosmological perturbation theory
  • Inflation
  • Physics of the early universe


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