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      Non-canonical kinetic structures in the swampland

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          We consider how the swampland criteria might be applied to models in which scalar fields have nontrivial kinetic terms, particularly in the context of \(P(\phi,X)\) theories, popularly used in approaches to inflation, to its alternatives, and to the problem of late-time cosmic acceleration. By embedding such theories in canonical multi-field models, from which the original theory emerges as a low-energy effective field theory, we derive swampland constraints, and study the circumstances under which these might be evaded while preserving cosmologically interesting phenomenology. We further demonstrate how these successes are tied to the phenomenon of turning in field space in the multi-field picture. We study both the general problem and specific examples of particular interest, such as DBI inflation.

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          20 April 2020
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          2004.09526

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          16+3 pages
          hep-th astro-ph.CO gr-qc

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