The inflatino problem in supergravity inflationary models

Hans Peter Nilles, Keith A. Olive, Marco Peloso

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Abstract

We consider the potential problems due to the production of inflatinos and gravitinos after inflation. Inflationary models with a single scale set by the microwave background anisotropies have a low enough reheat temperature to avoid problems with the thermal production of gravitinos. Moreover, the nonthermal production of gravitinos has been shown to be sufficiently small if the sector ultimately responsible for supersymmetry breaking is coupled only gravitationally to the inflationary sector. Still, in some models, inflatinos can be created during preheating with a substantial abundance. The main contribution to the gravitino abundance may thus come from their decay into the inflaton, or into its scalar partner, as well as from the inverse processes. We show that this production needs to be strongly suppressed. This suppression can be realized in the simplest scenarios which typically have a sufficiently high inflationary scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-314
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume522
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 13 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work of K.A.O. was partially supported by DOE grant DE-FG02-94ER-40823. The work of H.P.N. an M.P. was supported by the European Commission RTN programmes HPRN-CT-2000-00148 and 00152. M.P. would like to thank the Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Minnesota for their friendly hospitality during some stages of this work.

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