Introduction to the Theory of the Early Universe: Hot Big Bang Theory

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World Scientific, 2011 - Science - 473 pages
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This book is written from the viewpoint of a deep connection between cosmology and particle physics. It presents the results and ideas on both the homogeneous and isotropic Universe at the hot stage of its evolution and in later stages. The main chapters describe in a systematic and pedagogical way established facts and concepts on the early and the present Universe. The comprehensive treatment, hence, serves as a modern introduction to this rapidly developing field of science. To help in reading the chapters without having to constantly consult other texts, essential materials from General Relativity and the theory of elementary particles are collected in the appendices. Various hypotheses dealing with unsolved problems of cosmology, and often alternative to each other, are discussed at a more advanced level. These concern dark matter, dark energy, matter-antimatter asymmetry, etc.
 

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"The two volumes of Theory of the Early Universe are a fine choice and an excellent alternative to Steven Weinberg's more formal Cosmology...an excellent addition to the field of theoretical cosmology that goes a long way towards filling the need for a fully modern pedagogical text."
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Contents

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Chapter 2 Homogeneous Isotropic Universe
29
Chapter 3 Dynamics of Cosmological Expansion
45
Cosmological Model with Dark Matter and Dark Energy
61
Chapter 5 Thermodynamics in Expanding Universe
91
Chapter 6 Recombination
111
Chapter 7 Relic Neutrinos
133
Chapter 8 Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
143
Chapter 12 Topological Defects and Solitons in the Universe
301
Chapter 13 Color Pages
347
Appendix A Elements of General Relativity
355
Appendix B Standard Model of Particle Physics
389
Appendix C Neutrino Oscillations
411
Appendix D Quantum Field Theory at Finite Temperature
439
Books and Reviews
457
Bibliography
463

Chapter 9 Dark Matter
165
Chapter 10 Phase Transitions in the Early Universe
217
Chapter 11 Generation of Baryon Asymmetry
243

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