Quantum corrections to inflation : The importance of RG running and choosing the optimal RG scale
Herranen, M., Hohenegger, A., Osland, A., & Tranberg, A. (2017). Quantum corrections to inflation : The importance of RG running and choosing the optimal RG scale. Physical Review D, 95 (2), 023525. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.95.023525
Published inPhysical Review D
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We demonstrate the importance of correctly implementing RG running and choosing the RG scale when calculating quantum corrections to inflaton dynamics. We show that such corrections are negligible for single-field inflation, in the sense of not altering the viable region in the ns − r plane, when imposing Planck constraints on As. Surprisingly, this also applies, in a nontrivial way, for an inflaton coupled to additional spectator degrees of freedom. The result relies on choosing the renormalization scale (pseudo-) optimally, thereby avoiding unphysical large logarithmic corrections to the Friedmann equations and large running of the couplings. We find that the viable range of parameters of the potential is altered relative to the classical limit, and we find an upper limit of g ≃ 10−4 on the value of the inflaton-spectator portal coupling still allowing for inflation and an upper limit of g ≃ 10−5 for inflation to correctly reproduce the scalar amplitude of fluctuations As.