College of Science

SEMINAR: Mustafa Amin [Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge]

Whispers from the Big Bang

Feb 25, 2014 10:50 AM to Feb 25, 2014 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Mustafa AminHow did the universe get populated with particles during the hot Big Bang? What did the universe look like soon afterwards? What can cosmological observations today (and in the future) tell us about this fascinating period of explosive particle production, turbulent dynamics, soliton formation and phase transitions? In this talk, I will describe some of my attempts at answering the above questions. In particular, I will discuss how the universe could have been dominated by localized lumps of energy (solitons) in its infancy, and discuss some novel ways of observationally constraining phase transitions in the early universe. If time permits, I will explore some connections to the recently discovered Higgs boson.

10:50 a.m. Refreshments
11:00 a.m. Seminar