Analyses of inflation models are usually conducted assuming a specific range---e.g., $N_k 50-60$--of the number $N_k$ of $e$-folds of inflation. However, the analysis can also be performed by taking into account constraints imposed by the physics of reheating. In this paper, we apply this analysis to a class of "WIMPflation" models in which the inflaton also plays the role of dark matter. Our analysis also updates prior WIMPflation work with more recent Planck 2018 data. With this new analysis, inflaton potentials $V(\phi)=łambda\phi^4$ and $\phi_0^41-\cos(\phi/\phi_0)^2$ are ruled out, while $V(\phi)=\phi_0^4\1-\exp-(\phi/\phi_0)^2\^2$ is slightly disfavored, and $V(\phi)=łambda\phi_0^4\tanh^4(\phi/\phi_0)$ is only viable for certain reheating conditions. In addition, we also discuss for the first time the effect of post-reheating entropy production (from, e.g., cosmological phase transitions) in this reheating-physics analysis. When accounted for, it decreases the number of $e$-folds through $\Delta N_k=-(1/3)łn(1+\gamma)$, where $\gamma\equivs/s$ is the fractional increase in entropy. We discuss briefly the possible impact of entropy production to inflation-model constraints in earlier work.


Reheating constraints to WIMPflation

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