TY - JOUR

T1 - Curvaton reheating mechanism in a scale invariant two measures theory

AU - Guendelman, Eduardo I.

AU - Herrera, Ramón

N1 - Funding Information:
EG wants to thank the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso for hospitality. R H was supported by Comisión Nacional de Ciencias y Tecnología of Chile through FONDECYT Grant No. 1130628 and DI-PUCV No. 123.724.
Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

PY - 2016/1/1

Y1 - 2016/1/1

N2 - The curvaton reheating mechanism in a scale invariant two measures theory defined in terms of two independent non-Riemannian volume forms (alternative generally covariant integration measure densities) on the space-time manifold which are metric independent is studied. The model involves two scalar matter fields, a dilaton, that transforms under scale transformations and it will be used also as the inflaton of the model and another scalar, which does not transform under scale transformations and which will play the role of a curvaton field. Potentials of appropriate form so that the pertinent action is invariant under global Weyl-scale symmetry are introduced. Scale invariance is spontaneously broken upon integration of the equations of motion. After performing transition to the physical Einstein frame we obtain: (1) For given value of the curvaton field an effective potential for the scalar field with two flat regions for the dilaton which allows for a unified description of both early universe inflation as well as of present dark energy epoch; (2) In the phase corresponding to the early universe, the curvaton has a constant mass and can oscillate decoupled from the dilaton and that can be responsible for both reheating and perturbations in the theory. In this framework, we obtain some interesting constraints on different parameters that appear in our model; (3) For a definite parameter range the model possesses a non-singular “emergent universe” solution which describes an initial phase of evolution that precedes the inflationary phase. Finally we discuss generalizations of the model, through the effect of higher curvature terms, where inflaton and curvaton can have coupled oscillations.

AB - The curvaton reheating mechanism in a scale invariant two measures theory defined in terms of two independent non-Riemannian volume forms (alternative generally covariant integration measure densities) on the space-time manifold which are metric independent is studied. The model involves two scalar matter fields, a dilaton, that transforms under scale transformations and it will be used also as the inflaton of the model and another scalar, which does not transform under scale transformations and which will play the role of a curvaton field. Potentials of appropriate form so that the pertinent action is invariant under global Weyl-scale symmetry are introduced. Scale invariance is spontaneously broken upon integration of the equations of motion. After performing transition to the physical Einstein frame we obtain: (1) For given value of the curvaton field an effective potential for the scalar field with two flat regions for the dilaton which allows for a unified description of both early universe inflation as well as of present dark energy epoch; (2) In the phase corresponding to the early universe, the curvaton has a constant mass and can oscillate decoupled from the dilaton and that can be responsible for both reheating and perturbations in the theory. In this framework, we obtain some interesting constraints on different parameters that appear in our model; (3) For a definite parameter range the model possesses a non-singular “emergent universe” solution which describes an initial phase of evolution that precedes the inflationary phase. Finally we discuss generalizations of the model, through the effect of higher curvature terms, where inflaton and curvaton can have coupled oscillations.

KW - Curvaton reheating

KW - Scale invariance

KW - Two measures theory

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84948403801&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10714-015-1999-9

DO - 10.1007/s10714-015-1999-9

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84948403801

VL - 48

SP - 1

EP - 20

JO - General Relativity and Gravitation

JF - General Relativity and Gravitation

SN - 0001-7701

IS - 1

M1 - 3

ER -