Gravitational Radiation from Preheating


Giblin, J. (2008). Gravitational Radiation from Preheating. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/08060134


Giblin, John. Gravitational Radiation from Preheating. Perimeter Institute, Jun. 03, 2008, https://pirsa.org/08060134


          @misc{ pirsa_08060134,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/08060134},
            author = {Giblin, John},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings, Particle Physics, Cosmology},
            language = {en},
            title = {Gravitational Radiation from Preheating},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2008},
            month = {jun},
            note = {PIRSA:08060134 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}


Parametric resonance, also known as preheating, is a plausible mechanism for bringing about the transition between the inflationary phase and a hot, radiation dominated universe. This epoch results in the rapid production of heavy particles far from thermal equilibrium and has the potential to source a significant stochastic background of gravitational radiation. Here, I present a numerical algorithm for computing the contemporary power spectrum of gravity waves generated in this post-inflationary phase transition for a large class of scalar-field driven inflationary models. I will present the results of this calculation for a number of inflationary models and discuss the (potential) observability of these models