Post-Planck Cosmology: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 100: July 2013

ISBN : 9780198728856

Cedric Deffayet; Patrick Peter; Benjamin Wandelt; Matias Zaldarriaga; Leticia F. Cugliandolo
576 Pages
175 x 253 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School
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This book gathers the lecture notes of the 100th Les Houches Summer School, which was held in July 2013. These lectures represent a comprehensive pedagogical survey of the frontier of theoretical and observational cosmology just after the release of the first cosmological results of the Planck mission. The Cosmic Microwave Background is discussed as a possible window on the still unknown laws of physics at very high energy and as a backlight for studying the late-time Universe. Other lectures highlight connections of fundamental physics with other areas of cosmology and astrophysics, the successes and fundamental puzzles of the inflationary paradigm of cosmic beginning, the themes of dark energy and dark matter, and the theoretical developments and observational probes that will shed light on these cosmic conundrums in the years to come.


1. Cosmic inflation
2. The evolution of the large-scale structure of the universe: beyond the linear regime
3. The Planck mission
4. The cosmological constant problem: Why it's hard to get dark energy from microphysics
5. Beyond DM cosmology
6. Inflationary cosmology after Planck
7. Large scale structure observations
8. Particle physics and cosmology
9. Galaxy formation
10. Inflationary observables and string theory
11. Computational cosmology
12. Planck 2013 and superconformal symmetry

About the author: 

Cedric Deffayet, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; Patrick Peter, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; Benjamin Wandelt, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; Matias Zaldarriaga, Institute for Advanced Study, Olden Lane, Princeton, USA; Leticia F. Cugliandolo, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

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