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Phenomenology and cosmology of no-scale attractor models of inflation

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John Ellis, Dimitri V. Nanopoulos, Keith A. Olive, Sarunas Verner

Original languageEnglish
Article number037
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume2020
Issue number8
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PublishedAug 2020

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Abstract

We have recently proposed attractor models for modulus fixing, inflation, supersymmetry breaking and dark energy based on no-scale supergravity. In this paper we develop phenomenological and cosmological aspects of these no-scale attractor models that underpin their physical applications. We consider models in which inflation is driven by a modulus field (T-type) with supersymmetry broken by a Polonyi field, or a matter field (φ-type) with supersymmetry broken by the modulus field. We derive the possible patterns of soft supersymmetry-breaking terms, which depend in T-type models whether the Polonyi and/or matter fields are twisted or not, and in φ-type models on whether the inflaton and/or other matter fields are twisted or not. In φ-type models, we are able to directly relate the scale of supersymmetry breaking to the inflaton mass. We also discuss cosmological constraints from entropy considerations and the density of dark matter on the mechanism for stabilizing the modulus field via higher-order terms in the no-scale Kähler potential.

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