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Bachelors of Science (BS)
Although there is significant evidence of inflation (a period of rapid expansion of the early universe), a definitive model of the epoch has not yet been widely accepted. A variety of models exist which describe this period; however, current technology cannot adequately measure several key factors that would demonstrate the veracity of these models. A major differentiator between classes of models is the number of fields that contribute to the inflationary epoch. Single-field inflation models assume the existence of a single field, though the details of this field vary depending on the model, while multi-field inflation models assume the existence of two or more fields. In this project, we study a class of multi-field models in order to determine the magnitude of isocurvature fluctuations, which have been assumed negligible in previous studies.
Buncher, Brandon M., "An Analysis of the Effects of Isocurvature Fluctuations in Dantes Inferno Multi-Field Inflation Models" (2017). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1133.
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