We place observational constraints on slow-variation single-field inflationary models by carrying out the cosmological Monte Carlo simulation with the recent data of Planck combined with the WMAP large-angle polarization, baryon acoustic oscillations, and Atacama Cosmology Telescope/South Pole Telescope temperature data. Our analysis covers a wide variety of models with second-order equations of motion, including potential-driven slow-roll inflation, nonminimally coupled models, running kinetic couplings, Brans-Dicke theories, potential-driven Galileon inflation, field-derivative couplings to the Einstein tensor, and k-inflation. In the presence of running kinetic exponential couplings, covariant Galileon terms, and field-derivative couplings, the tensor-to-scalar ratio of the self-coupling potential V(φ)= λφ4/4 gets smaller relative to that in standard slow-roll inflation, but the models lie outside the 1σ observational contour. We also show that k-inflation models can be tightly constrained by adding the bounds from the scalar non-Gaussianities. The small-field inflationary models with asymptotic flat Einstein-frame potentials in the regime φ Mpl generally fit the data very well. These include the models such as Kähler-moduli inflation, nonminimally coupled Higgs inflation, and inflation in Brans-Dicke theories in the presence of the potential V(φ)=3M2(φ-Mpl)2/4 with the Brans-Dicke parameter ωBD O(1) (which covers the Starobinsky's model f(R)=R+R2/(6M2) as a special case).
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Jul 23|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)