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Shrinking the Warm Little Inflaton

Authors: Ferraz, P.; Rosa, J.;

Ref.: J. High Energy Phys. 12, 176 (2023)

Abstract: We show that warm inflation can be successfully realized in the high temperature regime through dissipative interactions between the inflaton and a single fermionic degree of freedom, provided that the latterĀ“s mass is an oscillatory function of the inflaton field value. We demonstrate, in particular, that despite the consequent large amplitude oscillations of the eta slow-roll parameter, their effect is, on average, sufficiently suppressed to allow for a slow-roll trajectory. In addition, we demonstrate that, even though this also induces a parametric resonance that amplifies inflaton perturbations, this has a negligible effect on CMB scales in the relevant parametric range. Hence, the "Warm Little Inflaton" scenario can be realized with one less fermionic degree of freedom and no need of imposing an additional discrete interchange symmetry.

DOI: 10.1007/JHEP12(2023)176