Curvaton dynamics revisited

Kyohei Mukaida, Kazunori Nakayama, Masahiro Takimoto

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We revisit the dynamics of the curvaton in detail taking account of effects from thermal environment, effective potential and decay/dissipation rate for general field values and couplings. We also consider the curvature perturbation generated through combinations of various effects: large scale modulation of the oscillation epoch, the effective dissipation rate and the timing at which the equation of state changes. In particular, we find that it tends to be difficult to explain the observed curvature perturbation by the curvaton mechanism without producing too large non-Gaussianity if the curvaton energy density is dissipated through thermal effects. In particular, we find that if the renormalizable coupling between the curvaton and light elements is larger than the critical value ∼ (mφ/Mpl)1/2, the curvaton is soon dissipated away almost regardless of its initial energy density, contrary to the standard perturbative decay. Therefore, the interaction between them should be suppressed in order for the curvaton to survive the thermal dissipation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • cosmological perturbation theory
  • cosmology of theories beyond the SM
  • physics of the early universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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