We noted in section 6.3.3 that the time dependence of the
modes comes from their explicit time dependence
, from factors of the scale factor, and
from the time dependence of itself. Using program variables
for the fields the time dependence of the modes is given by
There's another way to view this condition. Gravitational particle production will occur unless . Since this condition is automatically satisfied for consider the opposite case , for which . Then neglecting the time dependence of , when , so the condition is equivalent to the condition . In fact is the stronger (and more accurate) condition because it also specifies that shouldn't be changing rapidly, which would lead to particle production irrespective of the value of . However, all particle masses should vary slowly during inflation because they should only depend on constants and on the value of the inflaton, which must be changing slowly.
In the case of a field with during inflation the approximation that the field ends inflation in its ground state is no longer valid. In the limit the fluctuations of the field produced during inflation can be accurately described by Hankel functions . However in this case the fields will be copiously produced during inflation, leading to severe cosmological problems . For this reason we do not implement these Hankel function solutions in the lattice program. In order to avoid the moduli problem associated with light fields it's best to assume that some mechanism must have given all scalar fields large masses during inflation, in which case equation (6.51) is an accurate expression for the modes at the end of inflation.