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Gauge fields in inflation

Ricardo Zambujal Ferreira
CP3-Origins, University of Southern Denmark

There are several motivations to study the role of gauge fields in inflation. On the observational side, magnetic fields on the largest scales of our observable universe have been observed and suggest a non-trivial dynamics in the gauge sector during inflation. On the theoretical side, in some natural inflationary setups irrelevant operators can give rise to resonant production of gauge fields and possibly generate large gravitational waves on large and/or short scales. I will overview both aspects and discuss the observational and theoretical constraints on those phenomenologies.

2016 March 23, 13:30

Centro de AstrofÝsica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Instituto de Astrof├şsica e Ci├¬ncias do Espa├žo Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Funda├ž├úo para a Ci├¬ncia e a Tecnologia
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