I will discuss the appeal of pseudo-Goldstone bosons (pGBs) for the generation of scales in Early Universe cosmology. In particular, I will demonstrate how in Goldstone Inflation a pGB inflaton can solve the hierarchy problem of inflation (the tension between the Lyth bound and the inflationary scale as preferred by CMB anisotropies), while avoiding the problems with trans-Planckian scales that are typically associated with related models. A simple model based on the coset SU(4)/Sp(4) realises both the Higgs doublet and an inflaton singlet as Goldstone modes. A single setup can then give rise to Goldstone Inflation and the dynamical generation of the electroweak scale through a composite Higgs, thus also addressing the EW hierarchy problem. I will discuss perturbative reheating in this model, and show how it naturally connects to both EW physics and a UV completion. If time permits I will address our current studies on non-perturbative reheating and the possibility of electroweak baryogenesis in this setup. 


Talk Number PIRSA:15090074
Speaker Profile Djuna Croon
Collection Particle Physics