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Phase Transitions in the Early Universe : Theory and Observations :  Theory and Observations - H. J. de Vega

Phase Transitions in the Early Universe : Theory and Observations

Theory and Observations

By: H. J. de Vega (Editor), I. M. Khalatnikov (Editor), N. Sanchez (Editor)

Hardcover Published: November 2001
ISBN: 9781402000560
Number Of Pages: 593

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A fundamental, profound review of the key issues relating to the early universe and the physical processes that occurred in it. The interplay between cosmic microwave background radiation, large scale structure, and the dark matter problem are stressed, with a central focus on the crucial issue of the phase transitions in the early universe and their observable consequences: baryon symmetry, baryogenesis and cosmological fluctuations. There is an interplay between cosmology, statistical physics and particle physics in studying these problems, both at the theoretical and the experimental / observational levels. Special contributions are devoted to primordial and astrophysical black holes and to high energy cosmic rays and neutrino astrophysics. There is also a special section devoted to the International Space Station and its scientific utilization.

Dedication of the 8th Course to Andrei D. Sakharov
Phase Transitions in the Early and the Present Universe: from the Big Bang to Heavy Ion Collisionsp. 3
Tsunami Inflation: Selfconsistent Quantum Dynamicsp. 45
String Driven Cosmology and its Predictionsp. 81
Quark-Gluon Plasma in the Early Universep. 103
Finite Temperature and Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions in the Early Universep. 123
Phase Transitions During Inflation and Chemically Inhomogeneous Universep. 145
Chaos in Cosmologyp. 161
The Physics of CMB Anisotropiesp. 183
The Cosmic Microwave Background after Maxima and Boomerangp. 207
Large-scale Structure, Theory and Statisticsp. 217
Measuring Global Curvature and Cosmic Acceleration with Supernovaep. 249
Recent Developments in the Search for Baryonic Dark Matterp. 267
Complexity in Cosmologyp. 287
Statistical Mechanics of the Self-Gravitating Gas. Thermodynamic Limit, Phase Diagrams, Local Physical Magnitudes and Fractal Structuresp. 303
Phase Transitions and Galaxy Clusteringp. 373
The Ultimate Phase Transitionp. 389
Black Holes: Scatterers, Absorbers and Emitters of Particlesp. 399
Black Hole Astrophysicsp. 417
Black Hole Emission in String Theory and the String Phase of Black Holesp. 429
Primordial Black Holes as a Probe of the Early Universe and a Varying Gravitational Constantp. 451
Primordial Black Holes and Hot Matterp. 471
The Curious Adventure of the Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Raysp. 485
Challenges of the Highest Energy Events Observedp. 505
In What Sense is the Energy Spectrum a Universal Property of Extreme Energy Cosmic Raysp. 523
Physics of Charged Cosmic Rays with the AMS Experimentp. 527
Cosmic Magnetic Fieldsp. 543
Space Science Utilization of the International Space Stationp. 561
The Italian Role on the International Space Stationp. 585
Author Indexp. 593
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ISBN: 9781402000560
ISBN-10: 1402000561
Series: NATO Science Series II
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 593
Published: November 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.78

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