Inflation from extra dimensions

James M. Cline
1999 Physical Review D, Particles and fields  
The radial mode of n extra compact dimensions (the radion, b) can cause inflation in theories where the fundamental gravity scale, M, is smaller than the Planck scale M_P. For radion potentials V(b) with a simple polynomial form, to get the observed density perturbations, the energy scale of V(b) must greatly exceed M 1 TeV: V(b)^1/4 = M_v 10^-4 M_P. This gives a large radion mass and reheat temperature 10^9 GeV, thus avoiding the moduli problem. Such a value of M_v can be consistent with the
more » ... assical treatment if the new dimensions started sufficiently small. A new possibility is that b approaches its stable value from above during inflation. The same conclusions about M_v may hold even if inflation is driven by matter fields rather than by the radion.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.61.023513 fatcat:kwhknrebcnacfaztsksvdi2eou