False-Vacuum Decay in Generalized Extended Inflation
We study false-vacuum decay in context of generalized extended inflationary theories, and compute the bubble nucleation rates for these theories in the limit of G N → 0. We find that the time dependence of the nucleation rate can be exponentially strong through the time dependence of the Jordan—Brans—Dicke field. This can have a pronounced effect on whether extended inflation can be successfully implemented.
KeywordsNucleation Rate Einstein Frame Jordan Frame Euclidean Action False Vacuum
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