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Spacetimes with vector distortion: Inflation from generalised Weyl geometry
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9403-8565
Number of Authors: 22016 (English)In: Physics Letters B, ISSN 0370-2693, E-ISSN 1873-2445, Vol. 756, p. 400-404Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Spacetime with general linear vector distortion is introduced. Thus, the torsion and the nonmetricity of the affine connection are assumed to be proportional to a vector field (and not its derivatives). The resulting two-parameter family of non-Riemannian geometries generalises the conformal Weyl geometry and some other interesting special cases. Taking into account the leading nonlinear correction to the Einstein-Hilbert action results uniquely in the one-parameter extension of the Starobinsky inflation known as the alpha-attractor. The most general quadratic curvature action introduces, in addition to the canonical vector kinetic term, novel ghost-free vector-tensor interactions.

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2016. Vol. 756, p. 400-404
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168082DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.03.047ISI: 000373569200063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168082DiVA, id: diva2:1306740
Available from: 2019-04-24 Created: 2019-04-24 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved

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