Constraining slow-roll inflation with WMAP and 2dF

Leach, Samuel M and Liddle, Andrew R (2003) Constraining slow-roll inflation with WMAP and 2dF. Physical Review D, D68 (12). pp. 1285081-8. ISSN 1550-2368

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We constrain slow-roll inflationary models using the recent Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe data combined with data from the VSA, CBI, ACBAR and 2dF experiments. We find the slow-roll parameters to be 0<epsilon(1)<0.032 and epsilon(2)+5.0epsilon(1)=0.036+/-0.025. For inflation models Vproportional tophi(alpha) we find that alpha<3.9,4.3 at the 2sigma and 3sigma levels, indicating that the lambdaphi(4) model is under very strong pressure from observations. We define a convergence criterion to judge the necessity of introducing further power spectrum parameters such as the spectral index and running of the spectral index. This criterion is typically violated by models with large negative running that fit the data, indicating that the running cannot be reliably measured with present data.

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Additional Information: Joint project with former PhD student. Applied Sussex-developed methodology to provide robust constraints on inflationary cosmologies; among the first papers to exploit the ground-breaking WMAP results. Over 100 citations (SPIRES).
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Andrew Liddle
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 20:47

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