Testing inflation: A bootstrap approach

Latham Boyle, Paul J. Steinhardt

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We note that the essential idea of inflation, that the Universe underwent a brief period of accelerated expansion followed by a long period of decelerated expansion, can be encapsulated in a "closure condition" which relates the amount of accelerated expansion during inflation to the amount of decelerated expansion afterward. We present a protocol for systematically testing the validity of this condition observationally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number241301
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 6 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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