University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Monday, January 23rd 2017
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Lauren Pearce, University of Minnesota
Subject: Phenomenology of Trapped Inflation

While there is good support for the inflationary paradigm, evidence does not clearly point to any particular inflationary model. Therefore, it is imperative that careful calculations are done to allow cosmological observations to constrain models. In this talk, we will look at cosmological constraints on trapped inflation, amodel in which the inflaton undergoes slow roll because it is losing energy to particle production, not because of the flatness of its potential.

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