Universal behaviour of non-minimal models of inflation

Who: Jan Pieter van der Schaar (University of Amsterdam)
When: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 14:15
Where: The CP³ meeting room

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After a general introduction to non-minimal models of inflation I will discuss recent work with my PhD student Benjamin Mosk on (single field) inflationary attractor points in the limit of strong and in particular weak non-minimal coupling. For the interesting subset of models that yield Starobinsky-like behavior in the strong coupling limit I will  demonstrate that the weak coupling limit in fact reduces to chaotic inflation. To finish up I will stress the important difference between this chaotic attractor behaviour in the weak coupling limit and the Starobinsky attractor, before closing with some conclusions and remaining challenges.

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