Primordial Cosmology

Primordial Cosmology

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This book provides an extensive survey of all the physics necessary to understand the current developments in the field of fundamental cosmology, as well as an overview of the observational data and methods. It will help students to get into research by providing definitions and main techniques and ideas discussed today. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 summarises the fundamentals in theoretical physics needed in cosmology (general relativity, field theory, particle physics). Part 2 describes the standard model of cosmology and includes cosmological solutions of Einstein equations, the hot big bang model, cosmological perturbation theory, cosmic microwave background anisotropies, lensing and evidence for dark matter, and inflation. Part 3 describes extensions of this model and opens up current research in the field: scalar-tensor theories, supersymmetry, the cosmological constant problem and acceleration of the universe, topology of the universe, grand unification and baryogenesis, topological defects and phase transitions, string inspired cosmology including branes and the latest developments. The book provides details of all derivations and leads the student up to the level of research articles.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 856 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 44mm | 1,678.28g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 223 b/w line drawings
  • 019966515X
  • 9780199665150
  • 1,143,033

About Jean-Philippe Uzan

P. Peter: Post-doctoral position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Cambridge University. Research positions: Charge de Recherches (1994-2002), Medaille de bronze (bronze medal) du CNRS (1995), Directeur de Recherches, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris since 2002. J.P. Uzan: Post-doctoral position at the Department of Theoretical Physics (DPT), Geneva University. Research positions: Charge de Rechecherches au CNR, teaches the course of Theoretical Cosmology at the Ecole Normale Superieure, teaches at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris.

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Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: OVERVIEW OF THE THEORETICAL BASIS ; 1. General Relativity ; 2. Overview of Particle Physics ; PART II: THE MODERN STANDARD COSMOLOGICAL MODEL ; 3. The Homogeneous Universe ; 4. The Standard Big Bang Model ; 5. The Inhomogeneous Universe ; 6. The Cosmic Microwave Background ; 7. Gravitational Lensing and Dark Matter ; 8. Inflation ; PART III: BEYOND THE STANDARD MODELS ; 9. Grand Unification and Baryogenesis ; 10. Phase Transitions and Topological Defects ; 11. Extensions of the Theoretical Framework ; 12. Cosmological Extensions ; 13. String Cosmology ; A. Numerical Values ; B. Special Functions ; C. Useful Cosmological Quantities

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Review quote

Fills a niche that other recent cosmology texts leave open, namely self-contained derivations in cosmology that span both fundamental issues and applications to the real universe that are of great interest to observers. Joseph Silk, University of Oxford A remarkable book. Written with great authority and enthusiasm, it gives a comprehensive view of primordial cosmology today. The style is accessible to a novice for a good introduction, as well as being technically precise enough to be useful for specialists. Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland

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