Inflation of a universe filled by an elastic continuous medium is considered. Elastic inflation, while capable of describing current observations, is qualitatively different from standard inflationary models. The scalar and tensor modes keep evolving after crossing the horizon. Because of this superhorizon evolution, the amplitude of the tensor mode (inflationary gravitational wave) is not simply proportional to the energy density of the universe at the time of horizon crossing. The spectral index of tensor modes can be positive.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|State||Published - Sep 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)