• Sep 23 2013

    WITS Node Seminar: Dr. Nima Khosravi (AIMS)

    The National Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Centre for Theoretical Physics, School of Physics, would like to invite to its coming talk in the theoretical physics seminar series, entitled:

    "Effective field theory for multi-field inflation"

    to be presented by Dr. Nima Khosravi (AIMS)

    Abstract: We employ the effective field theory approach for multi-field inflation which is a generalization of Weinberg's work. In this method the first correction terms in addition to standard terms in the Lagrangian have been considered. These terms contain up to the fourth derivative of the fields including the scalar field and the metric. The results show the possible shapes of the interaction terms resulting eventually in non-Gaussianity in a general formalism. In addition generally the speed of sound is different but almost unity. Since in this method the adiabatic mode is not discriminated initially so we define the adiabatic as well as entropy modes for a specific two-field model. It has been shown that the non-Gaussianity of the adiabatic mode and the entropy mode are correlated in shape and amplitude. It is shown that even for speed close to unity large non-Gaussianities are possible in multi-field case. The amount of the non-Gaussianity depends on the curvature of the classical path in the phase-space in the Hubble unit such that it is large for the large curvature. In addition it is emphasized that the time derivative of adiabatic and entropy perturbations do not transform due to the shift symmetry as well as the original perturbations. Though two specific combinations of them are invariant under such a symmetry and these combinations should be employed to construct an effective field theory of multi-field inflation.

    Date: Monday 23 September 2013
    Venue: Lecture Theatre P114
    Time: 13.20 - 14.10