Stretching the Inflaton Potential with Kinetic Energy

James E. Lidsey

Submitted on 1 March 2007


Inflation near a maximum of the potential is studied when non-local derivative operators are included in the inflaton Lagrangian. Such terms can impose additional sources of friction on the field. For an arbitrary spacetime geometry, these effects can be quantified in terms of a local field theory with a potential whose curvature around the turning point is strongly suppressed. This implies that a prolonged phase of slow-roll inflation can be achieved with potentials that are otherwise too steep to drive quasi-exponential expansion. We illustrate this mechanism within the context of p-adic string theory.


Comment: 4 pages

Subjects: High Energy Physics - Theory; Astrophysics; General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology