AM 530a, Fall 2005

Cosmological inflation and Large-Scale Structure


Time & Place: to be determined

Instructor: Alex Buchel, office: MC 264, Ext: 88794, E-mail: abuchel[at]uwo.ca

Office hours: by appointment


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Prerequisites:

This course is geared for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students enrolled in Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Theoretical Physics. Required previous course work: Quantum Field Theory (AM516 or equivalent) and General Relativity (at the level "Gravitation" by Thorne and Miller or equivalent; preferably "General Relativity" by Wald)

Course outline:

I. The Hot Big-Bang Cosmology:
II. Standard inflationary universe:
III. Inflation and the cosmological perturbations:
IV. Post-inflationary evolution and the origin of large-scale structure:
V. Inflation in string theory:

Text:

The primary text are lecture notes "Inflation and the Theory of Cosmological Perturbations" by Antonio Riotto hep-ph/0210162, and a book by Andrew R. Liddle and David H. Lyth "Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure". Additional resources will be posted on/linked to the course webpage.

Course evaluation:

The course evaluation will be based on several (to be determined) regular problem sets that will be handed in during the term. There is no final exam.

Feedback:

Feedback to the instructor regarding the quality, speed, and content of presentation is especially appreciated during the semester!