Probing inflation with the space-based interferometer LISA



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Abstract

I will discuss the potential for the LISA space-based interferometer to detect the stochastic Gravitational Wave (GW) background produced from different mechanisms during inflation. In particular, I will present the GW contributions from particle production during inflation, inflationary spectator fields with varying speed of sound, effective field theories of inflation with specific patterns of symmetry breaking and models leading to the formation of primordial black holes. I will show that LISA is able to probe these inflationary scenarios beyond the irreducible vacuum tensor modes expected from any inflationary background.