Beyond QCD: A Composite Universe

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2012-1 and DIAS-2012-1
Authors: Francesco Sannino (CP3-Origins and DIAS)
External link: arXiv.org

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Strong dynamics constitutes one of the pillars of the standard model of particle interactions, and it accounts for the bulk of the visible matter in the universe. It is therefore a well posed question to ask if the rest of the universe can be described in terms of new highly natural four-dimensional strongly coupled theories. The goal of this brief summary is to provide, for the first time, a coherent overview of how new strong dynamics can be employed to address the relevant challenges in particle physics and cosmology from composite Higgs dynamics to dark matter and inflation.