Department of Physics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

Inflation after Planck

Speaker : Professor Jerome Martin

2014-02-19

Abstract :

The inflationary scenario is currently considered to be the most promising paradigm to describe the origin of the perturbations in the early universe. It corresponds to a period of accelerated expansion during the early stages of the radiation dominated epoch. Inflation is typically achieved using scalar fields, and it is the quantum fluctuations associated with the scalar fields that are responsible for the creation of the primordial perturbations. The perturbations generated during inflation leave their signatures as anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). With the CMB anisotropies being measured to greater and greater precision, we are presently in an unprecedented situation of being able to arrive at strong constraints on the physics of the early universe. In this talk, after a quick outline of the standard cosmological model and a brief introduction to inflation, I describe the implications of the recently released Planck data for inflation and discuss what are the "best" inflationary scenarios.

Key Speaker Professor Jerome Martin
Guests None
Place HSB 310
Start Time 5:00 PM
Finish Time 6:00 PM
External Link None