Quantum Initial Conditions for Curved Inflating Universes


We discuss the challenges of motivating, constructing, and quantising a canonically-normalised inflationary perturbation in spatially curved universes. We show that this has historically proved challenging due to the interaction of non-adiabaticity with spatial curvature. We propose a novel curvature perturbation which is canonically normalised, unique up to a single scalar parameter. This corrected quantisation has potentially observational consequences via modifications to the primordial power spectrum at large angular scales, as well as theoretical implications for quantisation procedures in curved cosmologies filled with a scalar field.

Zakhar Shumaylov
Zakhar Shumaylov
Mathematics PhD student at University of Cambridge

My research interests include everything applied mathematics.