Université de GenèveDépartement de Physique ThéoriqueCAP Genève

Inflation: Theory and Observations

15. March 2022
Cite as: 
Guilherme L. Pimentel, Benjamin Wallisch, W. L. Kimmy Wu et al. (including Azadeh Moradinezhad Dizgah) [arXiv:2203.08128]
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Cosmic inflation provides a window to the highest energy densities accessible in nature, far beyond those achievable in any realistic terrestrial experiment. Theoretical insights into the inflationary era and its observational probes may therefore shed unique light on the physical laws underlying our universe. This white paper describes our current theoretical understanding of the inflationary era, with a focus on the statistical properties of primordial fluctuations. In particular, we survey observational targets for three important signatures of inflation: primordial gravitational waves, primordial non-Gaussianity, and primordial features. With the requisite advancements in analysis techniques, the tremendous increase in the raw sensitivities of upcoming and planned surveys will translate to leaps in our understanding of the inflationary paradigm and could open new frontiers for cosmology and particle physics. The combination of future theoretical and observational developments, therefore, offers the potential for a dramatic discovery about the nature of cosmic acceleration in the very early universe and physics on the smallest scales.


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