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Non-minimal Higgs Inflation

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Abstract

In most cosmological models, the inflationary mechanism is described in terms of a scalar field – the inflaton. However, despite its obvious success in fitting observational data and in resolving basic cosmological problems, some fundamental questions still remain unresolved. One of these questions is connected with the physical reality of the inflaton. The origin and the nature of the inflaton field remain unexplained so far. The Standard Model of Particle Physics, whose predictions are experimentally tested to an outstanding level of precision, does also rely on the crucial assumption about the existence of a scalar field. In this context, the scalar field is called Higgs boson and serves to explain the origin of the elementary particle masses, while maintaining gauge invariance. By noticing the formal similarities between the inflaton and the Higgs boson, it is natural to wonder whether there could be a deeper and more fundamental connection between these two scalar particles. Ultimately, this leads to the question whether they could be just two manifestations of one and the same particle–the Higgs-inflaton.

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Higgs Boson Higgs Mass Quantum Correction Einstein Frame Higgs Field 
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