CP3 Mini Course on Cosmology and Inflation

Who: Anders Basbøll (University of Sussex)
When: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 14:15
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 13:00
Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 13:00

Where: The CP³ meeting room


Abstract: I review Big Bang Cosmology (ie basic cosmology without inflation), look at the best model we have: ΛCDM (A universe of matter and radiation as we see it and a Cosmological Constant and Cold Dark Matter – the new ingredients carrying more than 95% of the energy in the universe). The homogeneity of the Universe and the fact that the perturbations in energy density are nearly scale invariant points to Cosmological Inflation, a phase of exponential expansion of space in the early universe. First I look at different inflation models with a particle generically known as the Inflaton. Later I look at specific particle physics models that have a particle which can be the inflaton incorporated.

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