We consider single graviton loop corrections to the effective field equation of a massless, minimally coupled scalar on de Sitter background in the simplest gauge. We find a large temporal logarithm in the approach to freeze-in at late times, but no correction to the feeze-in amplitude. We also find a large spatial logarithm (at large distances) in the scalar potential generated by a point source, which can be explained using the renormalization group with one of the higher derivative counterterms regarded as a curvature-dependent field strength renormalization. We discuss how these results set the stage for a project to purge gauge dependence by including quantum gravitational corrections to the source which disturbs the effective field and to the observer who measures it.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics