19 July 1999 to 17 December 1999
Understanding how structure emerged in the universe provides one of today's great scientific challenges. Huge quantities of new astronomical data, including maps of the cosmic microwave sky fluctuations and of the distribution of galaxies, are providing stringent constraints on possible theories. At the same time, the results of new particle physics experiments are beginning to imply very strong constraints on the possible nature of the dark matter. The two structure formation theories investigated in most detail so far involve quantum fluctuations generated during inflation, and cosmic defects produced at symmetry breaking phase transitions. Both theories involve physics beyond the standard model, and if either is proven correct, there will be important implications for high energy theory.
The programme will begin with discussions of the latest observational data, including the statistical techniques needed to analyse the new data sets, with the aim of fitting the observations together in a coherent framework. Extensions and variants of current theories, as well as entirely novel approaches will then be considered. During the programme, fundamental questions regarding the big bang and inflationary theory will be addressed, as well as connections to string theory and quantum gravity.
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The Einstein equations on the 3-brane world
Authors: Kayoko Maeda, T Shiromizu, Misao Sasaki
What happens when the inflaton stops during inflation
Authors: O Seto, Jun'ichi Yokoyama, H Kodama
Gravity in the brane-world
Authors: Jaume Garriga, Takahiro Tanaka
26 July 1999 to 6 August 1999
8 August 1999 to 13 August 1999
16 August 1999 to 20 August 1999
22 August 1999 to 27 August 1999
13 October 1999 to 13 October 1999
11 November 1999 to 11 November 1999
24 November 1999 to 24 November 1999
6 December 1999 to 9 December 1999
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