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Is Higgs inflation ruled out?

Cook, Jessica L; Krauss, Lawrence; Long, Andrew J; Sabharwal, Subir

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We consider the status of Higgs inflation in light of the recently announced detection of B modes in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation by the BICEP2 Collaboration. In order for the primordial B-mode signal to be observable by BICEP2, the energy scale of inflation must be high: Vinf≈2×1016-GeV. Higgs inflation generally predicts a small amplitude of tensor perturbations, and therefore it is natural to ask if Higgs inflation might accommodate this new measurement. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70817
Source: Physical Review D-Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.103525

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