13-19 June 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Probing the Nature of Inflation

15 Jun 2015, 15:45
30m
CCIS 1-140 (University of Alberta)

CCIS 1-140

University of Alberta

Invited Speaker / Conférencier invité Particle Physics / Physique des particules (PPD) M2-4 Cosmic Frontier: Cosmology I (DTP-PPD-DIMP) / Frontière cosmique: cosmologie I (DPT-PPD-DPIM)

Speaker

Daniel Green

Description

The idea that the early universe included an era of accelerated expansion (Inflation) was proposed to explain very qualitative features of the first cosmological observations. Since then, our observations have improved dramatically and have lead to high precision agreement with the predictions of the first models of inflation, slow-roll inflation. At the same time, there has been significant growth in the number of mechanisms for inflation, many of which are qualitatively distinct from slow-roll. Nevertheless, most of these ideas are also consistent with current data. In this talk, I will review inflation and its current observational status. I will then discuss the important theoretical targets for the future and the prospects for achieving them.

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