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Title: Introduction to String Cosmology. Lecture 2: The Quantum Universe
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Shiu, Gary
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Event Date: 13-Jan-2010
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.5
Notes: IAS Frontiers of Knowledge Seminars.
Abstract: String theory and cosmology are made for each other. Fundamental questions about the early universe call for an understanding of quantum gravity. On the other hand, observational cosmology provides a promising window to probe physics at the smallest distance scale. These lecture series will introduce the basic concepts of string cosmology, focusing on cosmic inflation as a link between string theory and observation. We will argue that an inflationary universe - our current theoretical paradigm of the macroscopic world - is incomplete on its own and requires a microscopic completion. Some recent developments in constructing inflationary models from string theory and the observational signatures of these models will be discussed. The material should be accessible to students who have a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics.
Duration: 80 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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