Non-Gaussianity from Axion Monodromy Inflation

Steen Hannestad, Troels Haugboelle, Philip R. Jarnhus, Martin Snoager Sloth

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We study the primordial non-Gaussinity predicted from simple models of inflation with a linear potential and superimposed oscillations. This generic form of the potential is predicted by the axion monodromy inflation model, that has recently been proposed as a possible realization of chaotic inflation in string theory, where the monodromy from wrapped branes extends the range of the closed string axions to beyond the Planck scale. The superimposed oscillations in the potential can lead to new signatures in the CMB spectrum and bispectrum. In particular the bispectrum will have a new distinct shape. We calculate the power spectrum and bispectrum of curvature perturbations in the model, as well as make analytic estimates in various limiting cases. From the numerical analysis we find that for a wide range of allowed parameters the model produces a feature in the bispectrum with fnl ~ 50 or larger while the power spectrum is almost featureless. This model is therefore an example of a string-inspired inflationary model which is testable mainly through its non-Gaussian features. Finally we provide a simple analytic fitting formula for the bispectrum which is accurate to approximately 5% in all cases, and easily implementable in codes designed to provide non-Gaussian templates for CMB analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number001
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • hep-ph
  • astro-ph.CO
  • hep-th

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