Primordial Cosmology

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OUP Oxford, Feb 14, 2013 - Science - 856 pages
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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 main techniques 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 bang model, 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 and acceleration 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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Contents

Introduction
1
OVERVIEW OF THE THEORETICAL BASIS
9
THE MODERN STANDARD COSMOLOGICAL MODEL
127
BEYOND THE STANDARD MODELS
547
Numerical values
796
Special functions
804
Useful cosmological quantities
816
Index
823
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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. Jean-Philippe Uzan holds a post-doctoral position at the Department of Theoretical Physics (DPT) at Geneva University. His research positions include Charge de Rechecherches au CNR, teaches the course of Theoretical Cosmology at the Ecole NormaleSuperieure, and he teaches at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris.

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