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Non-Gaussianities in Single Field Inflation

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Non-gaussian statistics are a powerful discriminant between inflationary models, especially those with non-canonical kinetic structure. Focusing on theories where the Lagrangian is an arbitrary Lorentz-invarant function of a scalar field and its first derivatives, we review the computation of the observable three-point function. We present results of the “next-order” slow-roll corrections in closed form, finding that these can be quite large – of order 70% in DBI inflation, for example. We show that these results verify Maldacena’s consistency condition at next-order for the squeezed limit of the bispectrum, and determine its leading-order scale dependence.

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