Dark energy from primordial inflationary quantum fluctuations
Université Catholique de Louvain
Wed, Nov. 24th 2010, 14:15
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
In a particle physics motivated picture, one expects more than one scalar field to be present during primordial inflation. In this talk, we show that a very light scalar field experiencing quantum fluctuations during primordial inflation can explain the current cosmic acceleration. Provided its mass does not exceed the Hubble parameter today, this field has been frozen during the cosmological ages to start dominating the universe only recently. Assuming this scenario to be correct, and using supernovae data, the model predicts the energy scale of primordial inflation to be around a few TeV and suggests that it has lasted for an extremely long period. Dark energy could therefore be a natural consequence of cosmic inflation close to the electroweak energy scale.
Contact : ccaprini