We constrain the spectrum of primordial curvature perturbations by using recent cosmic microwave background (CMB) and large scale structure data. Specifically, we consider CMB data from the COBE, Boomerang and MAXIMA experiments, the real space galaxy power spectrum from the IRAs point source catalogue redshifts survey, and the linear matter power spectrum inferred from Lyman-alpha forest spectra, where we for simplicity assume the absence of appreciable covariances. We study the case of single field slow roll inflationary models, and we extract bounds on the scalar spectral index, n, the tensor to scalar ratio, r, and the running of the scalar spectral index, partial derivative(ln,k), for various combinations of the observational data. We find that CMB data, when combined with data from Ly-alpha forest, place strong constraints on the inflationary parameters. Specifically, we obtain n approximate to 0.9, r less than or equal to 0.3 and partial derivative(ln k) approximate to 0, indicating that big n, big r models (often referred to as hybrid models) are ruled out. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Constraints on inflation from cosmic microwave background and Lyman-alpha forest

VILLANTE, FRANCESCO LORENZO;
2002

Abstract

We constrain the spectrum of primordial curvature perturbations by using recent cosmic microwave background (CMB) and large scale structure data. Specifically, we consider CMB data from the COBE, Boomerang and MAXIMA experiments, the real space galaxy power spectrum from the IRAs point source catalogue redshifts survey, and the linear matter power spectrum inferred from Lyman-alpha forest spectra, where we for simplicity assume the absence of appreciable covariances. We study the case of single field slow roll inflationary models, and we extract bounds on the scalar spectral index, n, the tensor to scalar ratio, r, and the running of the scalar spectral index, partial derivative(ln,k), for various combinations of the observational data. We find that CMB data, when combined with data from Ly-alpha forest, place strong constraints on the inflationary parameters. Specifically, we obtain n approximate to 0.9, r less than or equal to 0.3 and partial derivative(ln k) approximate to 0, indicating that big n, big r models (often referred to as hybrid models) are ruled out. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
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