Materials

  • Ignatios Antoniadis, String Phenomenology
  • Lasha Berezhiani, Introduction to Supersymmetry
    • References:
      • S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 3: Supersymmetry.
      • J. Wess, J. Bagger, Supersymmetry and Supergravity.
  • Paolo Creminelli, Cosmology and Inflation
  • Emilian Dudas, Standard Model *
  • Emilian Dudas, String Phenomenology
    • List of subjects: Extra dimensions (basic aspects), Compactification and moduli fields, Moduli stabilization and Axions and generalized (Green-Schwrz) anomaly cancellation mechanisms.
    • References:
  • Kyriakos Papadodimas, AdS/CFT Correspondence and Black Holes

    • Abstract: I will give a basic introduction to the AdS/CFT correspondence and its relevance for the physics of black holes and strongly coupled quantum field theories.
  • Sergey Sibiryakov, Introduction into Cosmic Structure Formation
    • Exercises (PDF) – NEW
    • Abstract: The lectures will cover evolution of small primordial density fluctuations into the presently observed distribution of matter in the universe. I will focus of the phenomena and observable admitting analytic understanding. The lectures will include three topics:
      • Evolution of linear perturbations prior to the epoch of recombination and the way they are encoded in the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
      • Evolution of the matter power spectrum in the linear and mildly non-linear regimes, the baryon acoustic oscillations as a unique probe of the expansion history of the universe.
      • Formation of virialized structures, such as galactic halos, due to gravitational instability.

Throughout the lectures I will highlight the potential of various observables to probe new physics beyond the standard cosmological model. The lectures will be accompanied by exercises for practical work by the students.

    • References:
      • D. S. Gorbunov, V. A. Rubakov, “Introduction To The Theory of The Early Universe: Cosmological Perturbations and Inflationary Theory
      • P. Peebles, “Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
      • F. Bernardeau, S. Colombi, E. Gaztanaga and R. Scoccimarro, “Large scale structure of the universe and cosmological perturbation theory”, Phys. Rept. 367, 1 (2002) [astro-ph/0112551]
  • Alexei Starobinsky, Inflation: the present status

    • Abstract: I shall outline the two simplest classes of phenomenological
      models of slow-roll inflation in the early Universe based either on scalar
      fields in General Relativity or on modified f(R) gravity, their relation
      and basic assumptions necessary for their realization. At the present
      state-of-the-art, the simplest inflationary models from these classes
      producing the best fit to all existing astronomical data requires one,
      maximum two dimensionless parameters taken from observations only. The
      main discoveries expacted in future for this cosmological scenario will be
      discussed, too.

* This lecture will be given by Emilian Dudas instead of Giovanni Villadoro.

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