Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU)

Non-Gaussianity as a Particle Detector

by Dr. Hunyoung Lee (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 from to (Asia/Seoul)
Cosmological correlation functions encode the spectrum of particles during inflation, in analogy to scattering amplitudes in colliders. In this talk, I will discuss the imprints of massive particles with arbitrary spin on cosmological correlators. The spinning case is particularly interesting because the detection of massive higher-spin particles would be indicative of a stringy origin of inflation. I will describe their key spectroscopic features in the scalar and tensor bispectra, and discuss scenarios in which they lead to observable non-Gaussianity.