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Reheating in Inflationary Cosmology: Theory and Applications

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  • Rouzbeh Allahverdi
  • Robert Brandenberger
  • Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine
  • Anupam Mazumdar
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/01/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Number of pages25
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Reheating is an important part of inflationary cosmology. It describes the production of Standard Matter particles after the phase of accelerated expansion. We give a review of the reheating process, focusing on an in-depth discussion of the preheating stage which is characterized by exponential particle production due to a parametric resonance or tachyonic instability. We give a brief overview of the thermalization process after preheating and end with a survey of some applications to supersymmetric theories and to other issues in cosmology such as baryogenesis, dark matter and metric preheating.

Bibliographic note

Draft of commissioned review article for Annual Reviews of Nuclear and Particle Science, comments welcome! A few references added in this version