When can preheating affect the CMB?

Shinji Tsujikawa*, Bruce A. Bassett

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We discuss the principles governing the selection of inflationary models for which preheating can affect the CMB. This is a (fairly small) subset of those models which have nonnegligible entropy/isocurvature perturbations on large scales during inflation. We study new models which belong to this class-two-field inflation with negative nonminimal coupling and hybrid/double/supernatural inflation models where the tachyonic growth of entropy perturbations can lead to the variation of the curvature perturbation, R, on super-Hubble scales. Finally, we present evidence against recent claims for the variation of R in the absence of substantial super-Hubble entropy perturbations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002 May 30
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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