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Eternal Hilltop Inflation

Wan-Il Park; William H. Kinney; Gabriela Barenboim;
Open Access English
  • Published: 13 May 2016
We consider eternal inflation in hilltop-type inflation models, favored by current data, in which the scalar field in inflation rolls off of a local maximum of the potential. Unlike chaotic or plateau-type inflation models, in hilltop inflation the region of field space which supports eternal inflation is finite, and the expansion rate $H_{EI}$ during eternal inflation is almost exactly the same as the expansion rate $H_*$ during slow roll inflation. Therefore, in any given Hubble volume, there is a finite and calculable expectation value for the lifetime of the "eternal" inflation phase, during which quantum flucutations dominate over classical field evolution....
arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum CosmologyAstrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Scalar field, Keynesian economics, Spacetime, Physics, Classical mechanics, Inflation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Slow roll, Inflationary epoch, Eternal inflation, Space time, Hubble volume
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