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### Variable Rescalings

The first thing you will need to decide about your model is how to rescale the variables. In general they are rescaled as (4.3)

You may set the variables , , and to whatever you wish. The variable must be set to for the program to work correctly, so this setting is done automatically by the program. If you have in mind a particular set of rescalings that you think most simplifies your model then you can simply define these three variables appropriately. In general, however, there are a set of default values that should work well for any model where the dominant term is polynomial in the fields (or can be approximated as such). These default rescalings are derived and explained in section 6.1.2. Here we simply quote the results. Assuming the dominant term in your potential is of the form (4.4)

where is one of the fields in your problem, the default values for the rescaling variables are (4.5)

where is the initial value of the field . It is often most convenient to choose this value such that the derivatives of the homogeneous fields vanish initially, but this is not necessary.

For the TWOFLDLAMBDA model the dominant term is so and . This means that (4.6)

From equation (4.5) the time derivative of in program variables is (4.7)

Before running this model on the lattice we solved the ODE for the evolution of a homogeneous field with near the end of inflation and determined that the expression above equals zero at . (Recall that all numbers are given here in Planck units.) So we set and for initial conditions set the homogeneous component of to zero.   Next: The Program Potential Up: Writing Down the Equations Previous: Writing Down the Equations