# Can the universe afford inflation

@article{Albrecht2004CanTU, title={Can the universe afford inflation}, author={Andreas Albrecht and Lorenzo del Sorbo}, journal={Physical Review D}, year={2004}, volume={70}, pages={063528} }

Cosmic inflation is envisioned as the 'most likely' start for the observed universe. To give substance to this claim, a framework is needed in which inflation can compete with other scenarios and the relative likelihood of all scenarios can be quantified. The most concrete scheme to date for performing such a comparison shows inflation to be strongly disfavored. We analyze the source of this failure for inflation and present an alternative calculation, based on more traditional semiclassical…

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