Monodromy inflation in SUSY QCD

Michael Dine, Patrick Draper, Angelo Monteux

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The discovery of a large tensor-to-scalar ratio by the BICEP2 experiment points to large field excursions during inflation. One framework that predicts large r is monodromy inflation. While discussed mainly in the context of string theory, the phenomenon can be illustrated and studied in the well-understood framework of SUSY QCD with a large number of colors. We discuss the requirements for viable inflation as well as various difficulties for model building, including tunneling, tuning, and the species problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number146
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM
  • Supersymmetric Effective Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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