Warm inflation in beyond the Standard Model scenarios

Speaker: Joao Rosa, University of Edinburgh

Speaker arrival: 11/04/2012

Speaker departure: 15/04/2012

Assigned office: 23

Title: Warm inflation in beyond the Standard Model scenarios

Place: Sala de seminarios, dpto. Física Teórica y del Cosmos

Date: 12/04/2012

Time: 12:00

Warm inflation provides an attractive solution to the so-called eta-problem that generically plagues supergravity and string theory models, with additional dissipation damping the inflaton's motion and simultaneously producing radiation during inflation. This can generically be achieved via a supersymmetric two-stage mechanism where the inflaton is coupled to heavy `catalyser' fields that in turn decay into light degrees of freedom. In this talk, we review the main aspects of this mechanism and discuss some of its possible realizations in the context of beyond the Standard Model scenarios. In particular, we discuss its natural implementation in the context of brane-antibrane inflationary models in string theory and how in GUT-like models the inclusion of B- and CP-violating interactions may lead to the generation of a baryon asymmetry during warm inflation.