Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« Inflation, infinity, equilibrium and the observable Universe »

Andreas Albrecht
Dept. Physics, Univ. California (Davis, California, Etats-Unis d'Amérique)

Cosmic inflation has given us a remarkably successful cosmological phenomenology. But the original goal of explaining why the cosmos is *likely* to take the form we observe has proven very difficult to realize. I review the status of "eternal inflation" with an eye on the roles various infinities have (both helpful and unhelpful) in our current understanding. I then discuss attempts to construct an alternative cosmological framework that is truly finite, using ideas about equilibrium and dark energy. I report some recent results that point to observable signatures.
vendredi 23 mars 2012 - 11:00
Amphithéâtre Henri Mineur, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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