A measure of de Sitter entropy and eternal inflation

@inproceedings{ArkaniHamed2007AMO,
  title={A measure of de Sitter entropy and eternal inflation},
  author={Nima Arkani-Hamed and Sergei L. Dubovsky and Alberto Nicolis and Enrico Trincherini and Giovanni Villadoro},
  year={2007}
}
We show that in any model of non-eternal inflation satisfying the null energy condition, the area of the de Sitter horizon increases by at least one Planck unit in each inflationary e-folding. This observation gives an operational meaning to the finiteness of the entropy SdS of an inflationary de Sitter space eventually exiting into an asymptotically flat region: the asymptotic observer is never able to measure more than eSdS independent inflationary modes. This suggests a limitation on the… CONTINUE READING

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