Title: Inflation and Geometry
Abstract: Inflation, an era of accelerated expansion of the universe prior to the radiation phase, constitutes the paradigm of primordial cosmology. Within this paradigm, the simplest single-field slow-roll models economically explain all current data. However, the sensitivity of inflation to Planck scale physics, and the fact that ultraviolet completions of inflation invariably involve extra fields coupled to the inflaton, indicate that these models constitute at best a phenomenological description that emerges from a more realistic physical framework.
In this talk, I will describe recent works that aim at understanding the consequences of the presence of several degrees of freedom during inflation. In particular, I will highlight that realistic models are characterized not only by their potentials but also by the internal geometries in which the fields live in, and I will discuss related novel phenomena that have been studied in the past years.