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Abstract

Reheating is an important part of inflationary cosmology. It describes the production of Standard Model particles after the phase of accelerated expansion. We review the reheating process with a focus on an in-depth discussion of the preheating stage, which is characterized by exponential particle production due to a parametric resonance or tachyonic instability. We give a brief overview of the thermalization process after preheating and end with a survey of some applications to supersymmetric theories and to other issues in cosmology, such as baryogenesis, dark matter, and metric preheating.

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2010-11-23
2024-06-23
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