Comparing brane inflation to WMAP

Rachel Bean, Sarah E. Shandera, S. H. Henry Tye, Jiajun Xu

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We compare the simplest realistic brane inflationary model to recent cosmological data, including Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe(WMAP) three-year cosmic microwave background (CMB) results, Sloan Digital Sky Survey Luminous Red Galaxies (SDSS LRG) power spectrum data and Supernovae Legacy Survey (SNLS) type 1a supernovae distance measures. Here, the inflaton is simply the position of a D3-brane which is moving towards a -brane sitting at the bottom of a throat (a warped, deformed conifold) in the flux compactified bulk in type IIB string theory. The analysis includes both the usual slow-roll scenario and the Dirac-Born-Infeld scenario of slow but relativistic rolling. Requiring that the throat is inside the bulk greatly restricts the allowed parameter space. We discuss possible scenarios in which a large tensor mode and/or non-Gaussianity may emerge. Here, the properties of a large tensor mode deviate from that in the usual slow-roll scenario, providing a possible stringy signature. Overall, within the brane inflationary scenario, the cosmological data are providing information about the properties of the compactification of the extra dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number004
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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