Broken scale invariance, alpha-attractors and vector impurity

Akarsu Ö., BORAN S., Kahya E. O., Özdemir N., Özkan M.

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C, vol.77, no.5, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


We show that if the alpha-attractor model is realized by the spontaneous breaking of the scale symmetry, then the stability and the dynamics of the vector field that gauges the scale symmetry can severely constrain the alpha parameter as 5/6 < alpha < 1 restricting the inflationary predictions in a very tiny region in the n(s) - r plane that are in great agreement with the latest Planck data. Although the different values of a do not make a tangible difference for n(s) and r, they provide radically different scenarios for the post-inflationary dynamics which determines the standard BBN processes and the large scale isotropy of the universe.