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Inflation in String Theory - Connecting Quantum Gravity with Observations

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address: NOTKESTRASSE 85
postcode: 22607

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 1˙854˙750 €
 EC max contribution 1˙854˙750 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

This project aims at predicting the energy scale of cosmological inflation and the strength of the inflationary gravitational wave signal from string theory. Observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature fluctuations have drastically changed cosmology into quantitative science. The results provide strong evidence for two phases of accelerated expansion in our Universe. The late-time phase of acceleration, termed ’dark energy’, is consistent with an extremely small positive cosmological constant, while the evidence for a very early phase of acceleration increasingly supports cosmological inflation. Very recently, the BICEP2 experiment reported the detection of B-mode polarization in the CMB. Pending future corroboration, this may correspond to a detection of primordial gravitational waves with a fractional power of about 10% of the CMB temperature fluctuations. In the context of inflation this implies an inflationary energy scale close to the scale of Grand Unification, and a large field excursion of the inflationary scalar field. Hence, the inflationary scalar potential needs symmetries to protect it from dangerous quantum corrections. These features strongly motivate the study of high-scale inflation in string theory as a candidate theory of quantum gravity. We will determine the range of predictions for large-field high-scale inflation in string theory driven by the mechanism of axion monodromy, which was co-discovered by the PI. For this purpose, we will establish a catalog of primary sources for large field ranges from axion monodromy in combination with assistance effects from multiple axion fields. We will analyze the generic effects of the interplay between large-field models of inflation in string theory with its necessary prerequisite, moduli stabilization. Finally, we will study the distribution of inflation mechanisms among the many vacua of string theory. In combination, this gives us a first chance to make string theory testable.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Guido D’Amico, Nemanja Kaloper, Antonio Padilla, David Stefanyszyn, Alexander Westphal, George Zahariade
An étude on global vacuum energy sequester
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2017)074
Journal of High Energy Physics 2017/9 2020-01-24
2018 Jakob Moritz, Thomas Van Riet
Racing through the swampland: de Sitter uplift vs. weak gravity
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2018)099
Journal of High Energy Physics 2018/9 2020-01-24
2018 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, M.C. David Marsh
Seven lessons from manyfield inflation in random potentials
published pages: 036-036, ISSN: 1475-7516, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2018/01/036
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2018/01 2020-01-24
2017 Francisco Gil Pedro, Alexander Westphal
Nonequilibrium random matrix theory: Transition probabilities
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.95.032144
Physical Review E 95/3 2020-01-24
2016 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, M. C. David Marsh
Simple Emergent Power Spectra from Complex Inflationary Physics
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.141303
Physical Review Letters 117/14 2020-01-24
2018 David Ciupke
Scalar Potential from Higher Derivative N=1 Superspace
published pages: 55, ISSN: , DOI: 10.3204/PUBDB-2016-01898
DESY-16-021 DESY-16-021 2020-01-24
2016 Layne C. Price, Hiranya V. Peiris, Jonathan Frazer, Richard Easther
Designing and testing inflationary models with Bayesian networks
published pages: 049-049, ISSN: 1475-7516, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/02/049
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2016/02 2020-01-24
2016 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, David J. Mulryne, David Seery
Numerical evaluation of the bispectrum in multiple field inflation—the transport approach with code
published pages: 033-033, ISSN: 1475-7516, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/12/033
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2016/12 2020-01-24
2018 Selim C. Hotinli, Jonathan Frazer, Andrew H. Jaffe, Joel Meyers, Layne C. Price, Ewan R. M. Tarrant
Effect of reheating on predictions following multiple-field inflation
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.97.023511
Physical Review D 97/2 2020-01-24
2016 Arthur Hebecker, Fabrizio Rompineve, Alexander Westphal
Axion monodromy and the weak gravity conjecture
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP04(2016)157
Journal of High Energy Physics 2016/4 2020-01-24
2018 Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde, Diederik Roest, Alexander Westphal, Yusuke Yamada
Fibre inflation and α-attractors
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP02(2018)117
Journal of High Energy Physics 2018/2 2020-01-24
2016 Benedict J. Broy, Dries Coone, Diederik Roest
Plateau inflation from random non-minimal coupling
published pages: 036-036, ISSN: 1475-7516, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/06/036
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2016/06 2020-01-24
2016 Benedict J. Broy
Corrections to n s and n t from high scale physics
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.94.103508
Physical Review D 94/10 2020-01-24
2018 Liam McAllister, Pedro Schwaller, Geraldine Servant, John Stout, Alexander Westphal
Runaway relaxion monodromy
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP02(2018)124
Journal of High Energy Physics 2018/2 2020-01-24
2017 F. G. Pedro, A. Westphal
Inflation with a graceful exit in a random landscape
published pages: , ISSN: 1029-8479, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP03(2017)163
Journal of High Energy Physics 2017/3 2020-01-24
20189 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, Ander Retolaza, Marco Scalisi, Alexander Westphal
Pole N-flation
published pages: 30, ISSN: , DOI: 10.3204/PUBDB-2018-01960
DESY-18-063 DESY-18-063 2020-01-24
2016 Arthur Hebecker, Jakob Moritz, Alexander Westphal, Lukas T. Witkowski
Axion monodromy inflation with warped KK-modes
published pages: 328-334, ISSN: 0370-2693, DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.01.030
Physics Letters B 754 2020-01-24
2018 Jakob Moritz, Ander Retolaza, Alexander Westphal
Toward de Sitter space from ten dimensions
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.97.046010
Physical Review D 97/4 2020-01-24
2018 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, Ander Retolaza, Alexander Westphal
Primordial Gravitational Waves and the Swampland
published pages: 1800063, ISSN: 0015-8208, DOI: 10.1002/prop.201800063
Fortschritte der Physik 2020-01-24
2018 Mafalda Dias, Jonathan Frazer, Alexander Westphal
Inflation as an Information Bottleneck - A strategy for identifying universality classes and making robust predictions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.3204/PUBDB-2018-03982
DESY-18-177 DESY-18-177 2020-01-24
2018 Jakob Moritz, Ander Retolaza, Alexander Westphal
On uplifts by warped anti-D3-branes
published pages: 1800098, ISSN: 0015-8208, DOI: 10.1002/prop.201800098
Fortschritte der Physik 2020-01-24

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