Primordial Cosmology

Paperback | March 1, 2013

byPatrick Peter, Jean-Philippe Uzan

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This book provides an extensive survey of all the physics necessary to understand the current developments in the field of fundamental cosmology, as well as an overview of the observational data and methods. It will help students to get into research by providing definitions and maintechniques and ideas discussed today. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 summarises the fundamentals in theoretical physics needed in cosmology (general relativity, field theory, particle physics). Part 2 describes the standard model of cosmology and includes cosmological solutions of Einstein equations, the hot big bangmodel, cosmological perturbation theory, cosmic microwave background anisotropies, lensing and evidence for dark matter, and inflation. Part 3 describes extensions of this model and opens up current research in the field: scalar-tensor theories, supersymmetry, the cosmological constant problem andacceleration of the universe, topology of the universe, grand unification and baryogenesis, topological defects and phase transitions, string inspired cosmology including branes and the latest developments. The book provides details of all derivations and leads the student up to the level of research articles.

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This book provides an extensive survey of all the physics necessary to understand the current developments in the field of fundamental cosmology, as well as an overview of the observational data and methods. It will help students to get into research by providing definitions and maintechniques and ideas discussed today. The book is div...

Patrick Peter holds a post-doctoral position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge University. His research positions include, Charge de Recherches (1994-2002), Medaille de bronze (bronze medal) du CNRS (1995), and Directeur de Recherches, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris since 2002. Je...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:856 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019966515X

ISBN - 13:9780199665150

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Overview of the Theoretical Basis1. General Relativity2. Overview of Particle PhysicsPart II: The Modern Standard Cosmological Model3. The Homogeneous Universe4. The Standard Big Bang Model5. The Inhomogeneous Universe6. The Cosmic Microwave Background7. Gravitational Lensing and Dark Matter8. InflationPart III: Beyond the Standard Models9. Grand Unification and Baryogenesis10. Phase Transitions and Topological Defects11. Extensions of the Theoretical Framework12. Cosmological Extensions13. String CosmologyA. Numerical ValuesB. Special FunctionsC. Useful Cosmological Quantities

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"A remarkable book. Written with great authority and enthusiasm, it gives a comprehensive view of primordial cosmology today. The style is accessible to a novice for a good introduction, as well as being technically precise enough to be useful for specialists." --Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland