Higher order corrections in minimal supergravity models of inflation

Sergio Ferrara, Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde, Massimo Porrati

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    We study higher order corrections in new minimal supergravity models of a single scalar field inflation. The gauging in these models leads to a massive vector multiplet and the D-term potential for the inflaton field with a coupling g2 ∼ 10-10. In the de-Higgsed phase with vanishing g2, the chiral and vector multiplets are non-interacting, and the potential vanishes. We present generic manifestly supersymmetric higher order corrections for these models. In particular, for a supersymmetric gravity model -R+R2 we derive manifestly supersymmetric corrections corresponding to Rn. The dual version corresponds to a standard supergravity model with a single scalar and a massive vector. It includes, in addition, higher Maxwell curvature/scalar interaction terms of the Born-Infeld type and a modified D-term scalar field potential. We use the dual version of the model to argue that higher order corrections do not affect the last 60 e-foldings of inflation; for example the ξR4 correction is irrelevant as long as ξ < 1024.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number046
    JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Nov 2013


    • inflation
    • quantum field theory on curved space
    • supersymmetry and cosmology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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