Solid of Inflation: An alternative symmetry breaking pattern for an EFT of inflation

In this talk I will
discuss a cosmological model where primordial inflation is driven by a `solid',
defined as a system of three derivatively coupled scalar fields obeying certain
symmetries and spontaneously breaking a certain subgroup of these. The symmetry
breaking pattern differs drastically from that of standard inflationary models:
time translations are unbroken. This prevents our model from fitting into the
standard effective field theory description of adiabatic perturbations. Consequently,
it exhibits a novel non-Gaussian `shape'.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 11:00 to 12:30
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Space Room