Joint cosmology seminar at MIT online:

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2:30 pm
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Non-perturbative tails from multifield inflation

Sebastian Cespedes
Madrid IFT


It is becoming increasingly clear that large but rare fluctuations of the primordial curvature field, controlled by the tail of its probability distribution, could have dramatic effects on the current structure of the universe --e.g. via primordial black-holes. However, the use of standard perturbation theory to study the evolution of fluctuations during inflation fails in providing a reliable description of how non-linear interactions induce non-Gaussian tails. In this talk, we will explain how to use the stochastic inflation formalism to study the non-perturbative effects from multi-field fluctuations on the statistical properties of the primordial curvature field. We will start by describing the effective action describing multi field fluctuations. Starting from it we will compute the joint probability density function and show that enhanced non- Gaussian tails are a generic feature of slow-roll inflation with additional degrees of freedom.