Schuster Colloquium 16th March - Prof Arjun Berera: Inflationary cosmology in the Planck era

Inflationary cosmology is the most successful explanation of the large scale features of our universe, such as the uniform tempertaure distribution of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) and the near flat global geometry of the universe.

Professor Arjun Berera

Satellite based measurements of the CMB in the past 2 decades by COBE, WMAP, and Planck have shown the predictions of inflation to be consistent with data.

The most recent of these, the Planck Satellite, has provided the most precise measurement of the CMB ever and offers the best possibility to learn details about the dynamics during the early universe.

I will first explain what sort of information can be obtained from measuring the CMB for understanding large scale structure and then review the results of measurement of the CMB made by these satellite experiments. Included in this discussion will be a summary on polarization and non-gaussianity measurements.

I will then discuss the two dynamical descriptions of inflation, warm and cold, and present various models in both cases and their predictions for the CMB.

I will then discuss how well CMB data has been able to discriminate between the different inflation models.

The Lecture will be delivered on Wednesday 16th March at 14.00 (please note the slightly different time than usual) in the Rutherford Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building

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