Stochastic inflation, primordial black holes, and beyond the slow-roll approximation

start date: 

Mardi, janvier 22, 2019 - 14:00


646 A - Mondrian


Christopher Pattison

Home Institute: 

Portsmouth University

organized by: 

I will explain how primordial black holes can form from
perturbations seeded during inflation and how their abundance can be
calculated in the framework of stochastic inflation. This formalism
incorporates quantum backreaction of the small-wavelength fluctuations
on the large distances dynamics of the Universe. If quantum
corrections are small, the probability distribution of density
fluctuations is well approximated by a Gaussian. If they are large,
the PDF has a different profile with a longer tail and leads to
constraints different from the ones usually derived. I will also
discuss the validity of the stochastic formalism beyond the usual
slow-roll approximation, and how, if at all, it must be modified in
such regimes.