Special Issue "New Directions in Primordial Cosmology"

A special issue of Physics (ISSN 2624-8174). This special issue belongs to the section "High Energy Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Bart Horn
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, New York, NY 10471, USA
Interests: string theory and early universe cosmology, with current work focusing on the role of symmetries in spacetime and large-scale structures. Other past research topics include inflation and moduli fields, uplifting AdS/CFT dualities to cosmological spacetimes, the stability and ultimate fate of bouncing universes, and the application of string theory to vortex lines in low-temperature superfluids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent experimental advances have ushered in a new era of precision data for cosmology, with the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the early universe and its evolution. Fossil relics from this era, such as the cosmic microwave background radiation and the distribution of large-scale structures, will allow us to measure or constrain primordial cosmological parameters, such as the tensor-to-scalar ratio or non-Gaussianities in cosmic perturbations, to unprecedented levels of precision.

Despite the many recent successes, however, many deep questions remain. These include the nature of the physics driving the inflationary and reheating eras, the landscape of string and field theory vacua, and quantum gravity in cosmological spacetimes. Since the early universe achieved energies and conditions far beyond the reach of terrestrial experiments, we believe that cosmological observables may shed light on these fundamental questions as well.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to invite and facilitate discussion on these topics from researchers all over the world. Submissions from researchers early in their careers are particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Bart Horn
Guest Editor

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  • early universe cosmology
  • inflation
  • string theory
  • quantum field theory
  • AdS/CFT correspondence
  • cosmic microwave background
  • large-scale structure

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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