SMP 10/27/08 | Superstring Cosmology: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Inflation | Speaker: Scott Watson
Saturday, September 27, 2008
170 & 182 Dennison Building
Speaker: Professor Scott Watson (U-M Physics)In its earliest moments the Universe experienced a very rapid period of accelerated expansion known as cosmological inflation. Inflation leads to a number of observational signatures that can be used to test our theories of the early Universe. One example of such a theory is Superstring theory. Recent theoretical advances not only provide testable string models of inflation, but may even allow us to ask what happened before the “Big Bang”. Most excitingly, many of these ideas will be tested in the near future by experiment. After a general overview of inflationary cosmology Professor Watson will discuss some of the new ideas arising from String theory and how many of them will be scrutinized in upcoming experiments.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.
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