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On axion monodromy inflation in warped throats

Franco, Sebastián; Galloni, Daniele; Retolaza, Ander; Uranga, Angel

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Sebastián Franco

Daniele Galloni

Ander Retolaza

Angel Uranga


Recent models of axion monodromy inflation in string theory link the inflationary potential and the moduli stabilization potential. Realistic inflationary models require mechanisms to moderately suppress the inflaton mass with respect to the moduli stabilization scale. In this paper we explore the realization of this idea using warped throats, whose redshifted infrared region supports the inflaton mode. The inflaton potential and its monodromy arise from couplings to the fluxes supporting the throat. We provide explicit realizations of such throats in type IIB with NSNS and RR 3-form field strength fluxes, and in type IIA with RR 2-form fluxes. Once embedded in a global CY, these systems would provide a mechanism to realize chaotic inflation at scales parametrically suppressed with respect to bulk physics. The construction of the throats is systematically carried out using geometric transitions in systems of D-branes at singularities, whose properties and dynamics are efficiently encoded using dimer diagrams. The holographic dual of the axion monodromy is a quasi-periodic chain of Seiberg dualities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 26, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 12, 2015
Publication Date Feb 12, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 9, 2019
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Print ISSN 1126-6708
Publisher Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2015
Issue 2
Article Number 86
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