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Theoretical bounds on the tensor to scalar ratio by L. Boubekeur (ICTP)
Wednesday 08 May 2013, 11:30 - 12:30



Theoretical bounds on the tensor-to-scalar ratio in the cosmic microwave background

Lotfi Boubekeur (ICTP, Trieste)


Tensor modes in the cosmic microwave background are one of the most robust signatures of inflation. We derive theoretical bounds on the tensor fraction, as a generalization of the well-known Lyth bound. Under reasonable assumptions, the new bounds are at least two orders of magnitude stronger than the original one. We comment on a previously derived generalization, the so-called Efstathiou-Mack relationship. We also derive a new absolute upper bound on tensors using de Sitter entropy bounds.



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