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Inflationary Cosmology : Lecture Notes in Physics - Martin Lemoine

Inflationary Cosmology

Lecture Notes in Physics

By: Martin Lemoine (Editor), Jerome Martin (Editor), Patrick Peter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9783540743521
Number Of Pages: 428

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Some 25 years after the birth of inflationary cosmology this volume sets out to provide a both authoritative and pedagogical introduction and review of the state of the field. Cosmic inflation corresponds to an episode of accelerated expansion of the very early universe and solves nicely a collection of puzzles that had plagued standard cosmology so far. Different scenarios exist, though, and the reader will learn about the "ins" and "outs" as the subject and related issues are surveyed. With lectures written by eminent scientists in the field, many of them having made pioneering contributrions in the early hours of the field, "Inflationary Cosmology" addresses both senior and younger high-energy physicists, cosmologists and observational astrophysicists seeking both a readable account and reference in the field.

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"The author takes us through the basics of the Big Bang theory and then into the idea of inflation-what it is and how it goes along with Big Bang theory. ... Anyone interested in the current state of research into the origins of our universe would be remiss in not reading this book. ... authors are very clear in explaining the problems with Big Bang theory (the horizon problem, magnetic monopoles, etc.) that are cleared-up with the inflation approach." (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, May, 2014)

Inflationary Cosmologyp. 1
Brief History of Inflationp. 1
Chaotic Inflationp. 3
Hybrid Inflationp. 9
Quantum Fluctuations and Density Perturbationsp. 10
Creation of Matter After Inflation: Reheating and Preheatingp. 13
Eternal Inflationp. 15
Inflation and Observationsp. 18
Alternatives to Inflation?p. 21
Naturalness of Chaotic Inflationp. 26
Chaotic Inflation in Supergravityp. 28
Towards Inflation in String Theoryp. 30
Scale of Inflation, the Gravitino Mass, and the Amplitude of the Gravitational Wavesp. 35
Initial Conditions for the Low-Scale Inflation and Topology of the Universep. 38
Inflationary Multiverse, String Theory Landscape and the Anthropic Principlep. 40
Conclusionsp. 46
Referencesp. 47
Preheating After Inflationp. 55
Generalities: Reheating the Universep. 55
Pair Creation by an Electric Fieldp. 58
Linear Resonant Preheatingp. 59
Non-linear Dynamics of Resonant Preheatingp. 61
Inflaton Fragmentationp. 64
Equation of State During Preheatingp. 68
Effects of Trilinear Interactionsp. 69
Modulated Fluctuations from Preheatingp. 71
Reheating After String Theory Inflationp. 73
Gravitational Waves from Preheatingp. 73
Looking Toward the Futurep. 74
Referencesp. 78
Particle Physics Models of Inflationp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Beyond the Standard Modelp. 82
The Initial Condition for Observable Inflationp. 83
Slow-roll inflationp. 85
Modular Inflationp. 93
Small-Field Modelsp. 95
Supersymmetry: General Featuresp. 97
Supersymmetry: Form of the Potentialp. 99
One-Loop Correctionp. 100
Small-Field Models: Moving Away from the Originp. 102
Moving Toward the Origin; Power-Law Potentialp. 103
F and D Term Inflationp. 105
Tree-Level Hybrid Inflationp. 107
Running Mass Modelsp. 109
Large-Field Modelsp. 111
Warm Inflationp. 112
Present Status and Outlookp. 113
Referencesp. 115
Inflation in String Theoryp. 119
Introductionp. 119
Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenologyp. 122
String Theory Inspired Supergravity Models and Cosmologyp. 124
Brane Inflation in String Theoryp. 131
Modular Inflation in String Theoryp. 136
N-flation/Assisted Inflationp. 147
Discussionp. 150
Referencesp. 153
Predictions in Eternal Inflationp. 157
Eternal Inflationp. 157
Stochastic Approach to Inflationp. 166
Predictions and Measure Issuesp. 177
Referencesp. 187
Inflationary Perturbations: The Cosmological Schwinger Effectp. 193
Introductionp. 193
The Schwinger Effectp. 195
Quantization of a Free Scalar Field in Curved Space-Timep. 204
Inflationary Cosmological Perturbations of Quantum-Mechanical Originp. 219
The Classical Limit of Quantum Perturbationsp. 229
Conclusionsp. 237
Referencesp. 239
The Numerical Treatment of Inflationary Modelsp. 243
Motivationsp. 243
Multifield Inflationp. 247
Numerical Methodp. 253
Application to CMB Data Analysisp. 262
Conclusionp. 269
Referencesp. 271
Multiple Field Inflationp. 275
Introductionp. 275
Homogeneous Scalar Field Dynamicsp. 276
Primordial Perturbations from Inflationp. 280
Perturbations from Two-Field Inflationp. 287
Non-Gaussianityp. 293
Curvaton Scenariop. 296
Conclusionsp. 301
Referencesp. 302
The Quest for Non-gaussianityp. 305
Introduction: Why Is it so Interesting to Measure Non-gaussianity in Cosmological Perturbations?p. 305
What Is Non-gaussianity?p. 309
Linear Perturbations on Large Scalesp. 316
Non-linear Perturbation on Large Scales: Generation of NGp. 318
What Do We Learn from What We Have Done so Far?p. 323
Observational Constraints on NG in the CMBp. 324
Towards the Second-Order Transfer Functionp. 355
Referencesp. 358
Production of Topological Defects at the End of Inflationp. 359
Introductionp. 359
Cosmological Inflationp. 360
Topological Defects in GUTsp. 367
Braneworld Cosmologyp. 374
Observational Consequencesp. 377
Conclusionsp. 389
Referencesp. 390
Conceptual Problems of Inflationary Cosmology and a New Approach to Cosmological Structure Formationp. 393
Introductionp. 393
Problems of Scalar Field-Driven Inflationp. 394
String Gas Cosmologyp. 400
String Gas Cosmology and Structure Formationp. 408
Discussionp. 418
Referencesp. 419
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9783540743521
ISBN-10: 3540743529
Series: Lecture Notes in Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.75

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