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The End of Inflation

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Tom Giblin

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Kenyon College
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

The evidence for a hot, dense, early stage of the Universe is overwhelming.  Setting up a Universe in this hot-dense stage is more of a challenge.  While Cosmic Inflation as a paradigm has been successful at negotiating  the issues of the Hot Big Bang, its conclusion is marked by a cold, empty state that needs to quickly and efficiently reheat.  Violent processes, turbulent phase transitions and non-linear processes characterize this period and might help us shed light on the particle physics of the very young, very energetic early Universe.  I will describe how we have been using large numerical simulations to calculate precision observables that will help to constrain the growing number of early universe scenarios.

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