We use the dS/CFT correspondence and bulk gravity to predict the form of the renormalized holographic three-point correlation function of the operator which is dual to the inflaton field perturbation during single-field, slow-roll inflation. Using Maldcaena's formulation of the correspondence, this correlator can be related to the three-point function of the curvature perturbation generated during single-field inflation, and we find exact agreement with previous bulk QFT calculations. This provides a consistency check on existing derivations of the non-Gaussianity from single-field inflation and also yields insight into the nature of the dS/CFT correspondence. As a result of our calculation, we obtain the properly renormalized dS/CFT one-point function, including boundary contributions where derivative interactions are present in the bulk. In principle, our method may be employed to derive the n-point correlators of the inflationary curvature perturbation within the context of (n - 1)th-order perturbation theory, rather than nth-order theory as in conventional approaches.
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
- Pub Date:
- June 2006
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- High Energy Physics - Theory
- 23 pages, uses iopart.cls. Replaced with version accepted by JCAP