Hypernatural inflation

Andrei Linde, Dong Gang Wang, Yvette Welling, Yusuke Yamada, Ana Achúcarro

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We construct a model of natural inflation in the context of α-attractor supergravity, in which both the dilaton field and the axion field are light during inflation, and the inflaton may be a combination of the two. The T-model version of this theory is defined on the Poincaré disk with radius |Z| = 1. It describes a Mexican hat potential with the flat axion direction corresponding to a circle of radius |Z| < 1. The axion decay constant fa in this theory can be exponentially large because of the hyperbolic geometry of the Poincaré disk. Depending on initial conditions, this model may describe α-attractor inflation driven by the radial component of the inflaton field, natural inflation driven by the axion field, or a sequence of these two regimes. We also construct the E-model version of this theory, which have similar properties. In addition, we describe generalized α-attractor models where the potential can be singular at the boundary of the moduli space, and show that they can provide a simple solution for the problem of initial conditions for the models with plateau potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 16
Externally publishedYes


  • Inflation
  • supersymmetry and cosmology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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