Cosmological inflation and Large-Scale Structure

This course provides a pedagogical introduction to inflation and the theory of cosmological perturbations generated during inflation which are thought to be the origin of structure in the universe. The focus is on developing computational tools and techniques necessary to understand and analyze various inflationary scenarios. Modern approaches toward realization of inflation in Superstring Theory will be taught as part of the course.

The 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). The course evaluation will be based on regular problem sets that will be handed in during the term.

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.

All interested students should contact Prof. Buchel at abuchel[at] as soon as possible.

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