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Warm hilltop inflation

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Article number123527
Journal publication date15/06/2008
JournalPhysical Review D
Journal number12
Volume77
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We study the low-temperature limit of warm inflation in a hilltop model. This limit remains valid up to the end of inflation, allowing an analytic description of the entire inflationary stage. In the weak dissipative regime, if the kinetic density of the inflaton dominates after inflation, low-scale inflation is attained with Hubble scale as low as 1 GeV. In the strong dissipative regime, the model satisfies the observational requirements for the spectral index with a mild tuning of the model parameters, while also overcoming the eta-problem of inflation. However, there is some danger of gravitino overproduction unless the particle content of the theory is large.