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Primordial black holes dark matter from inflection point models of inflation and the effects of reheating

Bhaumik, N and Jain, RK (2020) Primordial black holes dark matter from inflection point models of inflation and the effects of reheating. In: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2020 (1).

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We study the generation of primordial black holes (PBH) in a single field inflection point model of inflation wherein the effective potential is expanded up to the sextic order and the inversion symmetry is imposed such that only even powers are retained in the potential. Such a potential allows the existence of an inflection point which leads to a dynamical phase of ultra slow roll evolution, thereby causing an enhancement of the primordial perturbation spectrum at smaller scales. Working with a quasi-inflection point in the potential, we find that PBHs can be produced in our scenario in the asteroid-mass window with a nearly monochromatic mass fraction which can account for the total dark matter in the universe. For different choices of quasi-inflection points and other parameters of our model, we can also generate PBHs in higher mass windows but the primordial spectrum of curvature perturbations becomes strongly tilted at the CMB scales. Moreover, we study the effects of a reheating epoch after the end of inflation on the PBHs mass fraction and find that an epoch of a matter dominated reheating can shift the mass fraction to a larger mass window as well as increase their fractional contribution to the total dark matter even for the case of a monochromatic mass fraction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 10:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65065

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