Pre-inflationary dynamics is known to have left observable imprints via the varied dynamics of the inflaton and the graviton fields during those epochs. It is highlighted here that other particle degrees of freedom, too, are capable of leaving their imprints on primordial observables if they transfer their entropies upon annihilation after becoming non-relativistic during a pre-inflationary epoch. Such annihilations of other particles would result in lowering of the tensor-to-scalar ratio at the pivot scale (and at scales lower to that) which would help bring those potentials back in accordance with current observations which are otherwise disfavoured for yielding large tensor-to-scalar ratios.
- Pub Date:
- May 2020
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
- 4 pages, no figure, v2: typos corrected, references added