Fine tuning and the ratio of tensor to scalar density fluctuations from cosmological inflation

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Hotchkiss, Shaun
German, Gabriel
Ross, Graham G
Sarkar, Subir
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The form of the inflationary potential is severely restricted if one requires that it be natural in the technical sense, i.e. terms of unrelated origin are not required to be correlated. We determine the constraints on observables that are implied in such natural inflationary models, in particular on $r$, the ratio of tensor to scalar perturbations. We find that the naturalness constraint does not require $r$ to be lare enough to be detectable by the forthcoming searches for B-mode polarisation in CMB maps. We show also that the value of $r$ is a sensitive discriminator between inflationary models.
Comment: 8 pages LaTeX; clarifications and a reference added; to appear in JCAP
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Astrophysics, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
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