http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.04641

We consider models of chaotic inflation driven by the real parts of a conjugate pair of Higgs superfields involved in the spontaneous breaking of a grand unification symmetry at a scale assuming its supersymmetric value. Employing quadratic Kaehler potentials with a prominent shift-symmetric part proportional to c- and a tiny violation, proportional to c+, included in a logarithm we show that the inflationary observables provide an excellent match to the recent Planck and Bicep2/Keck Array results setting, e.g., 0.012<=c+/c-<1/N where -N<0 is the prefactor of the logarithm. Moreover, we analyze several possible stabilization mechanisms for the non-inflaton accompanying superfield using just quadratic terms. In all cases, inflation can be attained for subplanckian inflaton values with the corresponding effective theories retaining the perturbative unitarity up to the Planck scale.

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C. Pallis

Fri, 13 Oct 17

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Comments: Prepared for the Proceedings of the EPS-HEP17, 5-12 July 2017, Venice, Italy

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