Physics Letters, B
We propose a new preheating mechanism through the coupling of the gravitational field to both the inflaton and matter fields, without direct inflaton–matter couplings. The inflaton transfers power to the matter fields through interactions with gravitational waves, which are exponentially enhanced due to an inflation–graviton coupling. One such coupling is the product of the inflaton to the Pontryagin density, as in dynamical Chern–Simons gravity. The energy scales involved are constrained by requiring that preheating happens fast during matter domination.
Alexander, Stephon; Cormack, Sam; Marcianò, Antonino; and Yunes, Nicolás, "Gravitational-Wave Mediated Preheating" (2015). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 2024.