|DATE||August 16 (Wed), 2017|
|TITLE||Non-Gaussianity as a Particle Detector|
Cosmological correlation functions encode the spectrum of particles during inflation, in analogy to scattering amplitudes in colliders. In this talk, I will discuss the imprints of massive particles with arbitrary spin on cosmological correlators. The spinning case is particularly interesting because the detection of massive higher-spin particles would be indicative of a stringy origin of inflation. I will describe their key spectroscopic features in the scalar and tensor bispectra, and discuss scenarios in which they lead to observable non-Gaussianity.