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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Cosmological Constant Problem
by Jerome Martin - arXiv , 2012
This text discusses the cosmological constant problem at a pedagogical but fully technical level. We review how the vacuum energy can be regularized in flat and curved space-time and how it can be understood in terms of Feynman bubble diagrams.
An Introduction into the Theory of Cosmological Structure Formation
by Christian Knobel - arXiv , 2012
This text aims to give a pedagogical introduction into the main concepts of the theory of structure formation in the universe. The text is suited for graduate students of astronomy with a moderate background in general relativity.
Modified Gravity and Cosmology
by T. Clifton, P.G. Ferreira, A. Padilla, C. Skordis - arXiv , 2012
In this review we present a thoroughly comprehensive survey of recent work on modified theories of gravity and their cosmological consequences. We cover General Relativity, Scalar-Tensor, Einstein-Aether, Bimetric theories, TeVeS, Galileons, etc.
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies up to Second Order
by Nicola Bartolo, Sabino Matarrese, Antonio Riotto - arXiv , 2007
These notes present the computation of the system of Boltzmann equations describing the evolution of the photon, baryon and cold dark matter fluids up to second order in perturbation theory. They follow the time evolution of the CMB anisotropies.
by Marieke Postma - NIKHEF , 2009
Contents: Big Bang Cosmology; Inflation; Cosmological perturbations; CMB data; Particle physics models of inflation; Brane inflation; Literature; Curvature perturbation constant on superhorizon scales; Moduli are massless modes in the 4D EFT.
Advances in Modern Cosmology
by Adnan Ghribi - InTech , 2011
Two main questions of modern cosmology are still to be answered: What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy? This book attempts to understand these questions while giving some of the most promising advances in modern cosmology.
Introduction to Early Universe Cosmology
by Robert H. Brandenberger - arXiv , 2011
This text covers the theory of cosmological perturbations, which describes the generation of inhomogeneities in the early universe and their evolution until the current time. The theory is applied to three classes of models of the early universe.
by Alejandra Kandus, Kerstin E. Kunze, Christos G. Tsagas - arXiv , 2011
We review the question of primordial magnetic fields and consider the limits set on their strength by the observational data. The various mechanisms of pre-recombination magnetogenesis are presented and their advantages and shortcomings are debated.
Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology
by Andrei Linde - arXiv , 2005
Linde offers a thorough investigation of modern cosmology and its relation to elementary particle physics, including a large introductory section containing a complete discussion of inflationary cosmology for those not yet familiar with the theory.
Magnetic Fields, Strings and Cosmology
by Massimo Giovannini - arXiv , 2006
The main motivations and challenges related with the physics of large-scale magnetic fields are briefly analyzed. The interplay between large-scale magnetic fields and scalar CMB anisotropies is addressed with specific attention on recent progresses.
Introduction to Cosmology
by David H Lyth - arXiv , 1993
These notes form an introduction to cosmology with special emphasis on large scale structure, the cmb anisotropy and inflation. In some places a basic familiarity with particle physics is assumed, but otherwise no special knowledge is needed.
TASI Lectures: Introduction to Cosmology
by Mark Trodden, Sean M. Carroll - arXiv , 2004
These proceedings summarize lectures in elementary particle physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They provide a pedagogical introduction to cosmology aimed at advanced graduate students in particle physics and string theory.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Physics Beyond the Standard Model
by Subir Sarkar - arXiv , 1996
We first present a pedagogical account of relativistic cosmology and primordial nucleosynthesis, discussing both theoretical and observational aspects, and then examine such constraints in detail, in particular those pertaining to new particles.
Particle Physics Aspects of Modern Cosmology
by Robert H. Brandenberger - arXiv , 1997
Modern cosmology has created a tight link between particle physics / field theory and a wealth of new observational data on the structure of the Universe. These notes focus on some aspects concerning the connection between theory and observations.
The Cosmological Constant
by Sean M. Carroll - arXiv , 2000
This is a review of the physics and cosmology of the cosmological constant. The author presents an overview of cosmology in the presence of a cosmological constant, observational constraints on its magnitude, and the physics of a small vacuum energy.
Advanced Topics in Cosmology: A Pedagogical Introduction
by T. Padmanabhan - arXiv , 2006
Here is an introduction to several advanced topics in contemporary cosmology. Topics covered: the thermal history of the universe, linear perturbation theory, theory of CMBR temperature anisotropies and the inflationary generation of perturbation.
by Abraham Loeb - arXiv , 2006
The first dwarf galaxies, which constitute the building blocks of the collapsed objects we find today, had formed hundreds of millions of years after the big bang. This review describes the early growth of their small-amplitude seed fluctuations.
by James M. Cline - arXiv , 2007
A pedagogical introduction to aspects of string cosmology, including the landscape (BPBT) solution to the cosmological constant problem, brane-antibrane inflation, warped compactification, the KKLMMT model, the eta problem of SUGRA models, etc.
Introduction to Cosmology
by A. D. Dolgov - arXiv , 2009
Introductory lectures on cosmology for students specializing in particle physics are presented. Many important subjects are not covered because of lack of time and space but hopefully the lectures may serve as a starting point for further studies.
The Beginning and Evolution of the Universe
by Bharat Ratra, Michael S. Vogeley - arXiv , 2008
The authors review the current standard model for the evolution of the Universe from an early inflationary epoch to the complex hierarchy of structure seen today. The text concludes with discussion of some open questions in cosmology.
Lectures on Inflation and Cosmological Perturbations
by David Langlois - arXiv , 2010
Inflation is today the main theoretical framework that describes the early Universe. These lectures give an introduction to inflation and the production of primordial perturbations, and a review of some of the latest developments in this domain.
Introductory Lectures on Quantum Cosmology
by J. J. Halliwell - arXiv , 1990
The modern approach to quantum cosmology, as initiated by Hartle and Hawking, Linde, Vilenkin and others. We explain how one determines the consequences for the late universe of a given quantum theory of cosmological initial or boundary conditions.
The Universe in a Helium Droplet
by Grigory E. Volovik - Oxford University Press , 2003
There are fundamental relations between two vast areas of physics: particle physics and cosmology (micro- and macro-worlds). The main goal of this book is to establish and define the connection of these two fields with condensed matter physics.
Inflationary Cosmology and Structure Formation
by J. A. Peacock - arXiv , 1996
Basics of inflationary models for the early universe, concentrating on the generation of density fluctuations from scalar-field dynamics. The subsequent gravitational dynamics of these fluctuations in dark matter in a Friedmann model are described.
The Cosmic Web: Geometric Analysis
by Rien van de Weygaert, Willem Schaap - arXiv , 2007
The lecture notes describe the Delaunay Tessellation Field Estimator for Cosmic Web analysis. The high sensitivity of Voronoi/Delaunay tessellations to the local point distribution is used to obtain estimates of density and related quantities.
by James E. Lidsey, David Wands, E. J. Copeland - arXiv , 2000
Aspects of superstring cosmology are reviewed with an emphasis on the cosmological implications of duality symmetries in the theory. The string effective actions are summarized and toroidal compactification to four dimensions reviewed.
Cosmology for Particle Physicists
by U. A. Yajnik - arXiv , 2008
We begin with a recapitulation of General Relativity, and the Standard Model of Cosmology. This is followed by lectures on inflation, density perturbations, study of hot and cold relics decoupled from the remaining constituents, and baryon asymmetry.
An Introduction to Quantum Cosmology
by D.L. Wiltshire - arXiv , 2003
An introduction to quantum cosmology for an audience consisting for a large part of astronomers, and also a number of particle physicists. The author emphasizes those aspects of quantum cosmology which are of most interest to astronomers.
Ekpyrotic and Cyclic Cosmology
by Jean-Luc Lehners - arXiv , 2009
Ekpyrotic and cyclic cosmologies provide theories of the very early and of the very late universe. In these models, the big bang is described as a collision of branes - and thus the big bang is not the beginning of time.
Introduction to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology through Maple
by V. L. Kalashnikov - arXiv , 2001
The author presents the pedagogical introduction to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, which is based on computational and graphical resources of Maple 6. The knowledge of basics of general relativity and differential geometry is supposed.