3 years ago

CMB spectral distortions in generic two-field models.

Juuso Leskinen, Kimmo Kainulainen, Sami Nurmi, Tomo Takahashi

We investigate the CMB $\mu$ distortion in models where two uncorrelated sources contribute to primordial perturbations. We parameterise each source by an amplitude, tilt, running and running of the running. We perform a detailed analysis of the distribution signal as function of the model parameters, highlighting the differences compared to single-source models. As a specific example, we also investigate the mixed inflaton-curvaton scenario. We find that the $\mu$ distortion could efficiently break degeneracies of curvaton parameters especially when combined with future sensitivity of probing the tensor-to-scalar ratio $r$. For example, assuming bounds $\mu < 0.5 \times 10^{-8}$ and $r<0.01$, the curvaton contribution should either vanish or the curvaton should dominate primordial perturbations and its slow-roll parameter $\eta_{\chi}$ is constrained to the interval $-0.007 < \eta_{\chi}< 0.045$.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1707.01300

DOI: arXiv:1707.01300v2

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