On the expectation of primordial gravity waves generated during inflation [CL]


The inflationary paradigm is extremely successful regarding predictions of temperature anisotropies in the CMB. However, inflation also makes predictions for a CMB B-mode polarization, which has not been detected. Moreover, the standard inflationary paradigm is unable to accommodate the evolution from the initial state, which is assumed to be symmetric, into a non-symmetric aftermath. In Phys. Rev. D 96, 101301(R), we show that the incorporation of an element capable of explaining such a transition drastically changes the prediction for the shape and size of the B-mode spectrum. In particular, employing a realistic objective collapse model in a well-defined semiclassical context, we find that, while predictions of temperature anisotropies are nor altered (with respect to standard predictions), the B-mode spectrum gets strongly suppressed—in accordance with observations. Here we present an in-depth discussion of that analysis, together with the details of the calculation.

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G. Leon, A. Majhi, E. Okon, et. al.
Fri, 8 Dec 17

Comments: 27 pages, 1 figure