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Physics  2010 

Of Inflation and the Inflaton

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Due to intra-field gravitational interactions, field configurations have a strong negative component to their energy density at the planckian and transplanckian scales, conceivably resulting in a sequestration of the transplanckian field degrees of freedom. Quantum fluctuations then allow these to tunnel into cisplanckian configurations to seed inflation and conventional observed physics: propagating modes of QFT in a geometry which responds to the existence of these new modes through the energy constraint of general relativity, H^2 = \rho/3. That this tunnelling results in geometries and field configurations that are homogeneous allows for an estimate of the mass of the inflaton, m=O(10^{-6}), and the amplitude of the inflaton condensate, \phiav=O(10), both consistent with phenomenology.


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