Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology
We investigate a (super-)renormalizable and ghost-free theory of gravity, showing that under a natural (exponential) ansatz of the form factor and a suitable truncation it can give rise to the Starobinsky inflationary theory in cosmological frameworks, and thus offering a theoretical justification of its origin. We study the corresponding inflationary evolution and we examine the generation of curvature perturbations, adapting the f(R)-like equations in a symmetry-reduced FLRW metric. Furthermore, we analyze how the ultraviolet regime of a simply renormalizable and unitary theory of gravity is also compatible with the Starobinsky action, and hence we show that such a theory could account for an inflationary phase of the Universe in the ultraviolet regime.
Briscese, Fabio; Marcianò, Antonino; Modesto, Leonardo; and Saridakis, Emmanuel N., "Inflation in (Super-)Renormalizable Gravity" (2013). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 2865.