We discuss the possibility that inflation is driven by supersymmetry breaking with the scalar component of the goldstino superfield (sgoldstino) playing the role of the inflaton and charged under a gauged
R-symmetry. Imposing a linear superpotential allows us to satisfy easily the slow-roll conditions, avoiding the so-called
-problem, and leads to an interesting class of small field inflation models, characterised by an inflationary plateau around the maximum of the scalar potential near the origin, where R-symmetry is restored with the inflaton rolling down to a minimum describing the present phase of the Universe. Inflation can be driven by either an F- or a D-term, while the minimum has a positive tuneable vacuum energy. The models agree with cosmological observations and in the simplest case predict a rather small tensor-to-scalar ratio of primordial perturbations. We propose a generalisation of Fayet-Iliopoulos model as a microscopic model leading to this class of inflation models at low energy.
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