Uncovering the Nature of Inflation
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 first review inflation and its current observational
status. I will then discuss the important theoretical targets for the
future and the prospects for achieving them.
|Date: ||Tuesday, 4 November 2014|
|Where: ||McGill University|
| ||Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, R.E. Bell Conference Room (room 103)|
|Contact: ||Robert Rutledge|