Vector inflation

Alexey Golovnev, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Vitaly Vanchurin

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We propose a scenario where inflation is driven by non-minimally coupled massive vector fields. In an isotropic homogeneous universe these fields behave in precisely the same way as a massive minimally coupled scalar field. Therefore our model is very similar to the model of chaotic inflation with a scalar field. For vector fields the isotropy of expansion is achieved either by considering a triplet of orthogonal vector fields or at the expense of N randomly oriented vector fields. In the latter case the substantial anisotropy of the expansion of order survives until the end of inflation. The lightest vector fields might also force the late time acceleration of the universe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number009
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008


  • Dark energy theory
  • Inflation


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