Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU)

Higgs-R^2 models as a UV-extension of Higgs inflation and violent preheating

by Prof. Kohei Kamada (Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo)

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from to (Asia/Seoul)
at CTPU Seminar Room
Fourth floor IBS Building, 55, Expo-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea, 34126
Higgs inflation with the nonminimal coupling to gravity \xi H^2 R is the unique model to realize inflation driven by the Standard Model Higgs field in a classically scale invariant way. However, the reheating in that model is not understood well yet. In particular, in the so-called “non-critical” regime, it turned out that the longitudinal mode of gauge bosons receives a spiky time dependence in mass, which can lead to violent instabilities to them at very high energy scales. Since they lie beyond the cutoff scale of the theory, it is not clear if they are really physical, and how they affect the process of reheating if ever. In this talk, I will point out that by extending the model by adding the classically scale invariant R^2 term, the model is UV extended so that it becomes possible to analyze the instabilities within the validity of the theory. For stronger R^2 term, I show that the instability gradually disappear. I will clarify if the spiky feature arises in such a UV-extended model and if it is physical or not. I also discuss if the violent preheating occurs and how the reheating proceeds.