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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 15599
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Tunneling in stochastic inflation
1.  M. Noorbala
2.  V. Vennin
3.  H. Assadullahi
4.  H. Firouzjahi
5.  D. Wands
  Status:   Published
  Journal: JCAP
  Vol.:  2018
  Year:  2018
  Supported by:            ipm IPM
The relative probability to decay towards different vacua during inflation is studied. The calculation is performed in single-field slow-roll potentials using the stochastic inflation formalism. Various situations are investigated, including falling from a local maximum of the potential and escaping from a local minimum. In the latter case, our result is consistent with that of Hawking and Moss, but is applicable to any potential. The decay rates are also computed, and the case of a generic potential with multiple minima and maxima is discussed

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