Thermal history of the universe after inflation

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Abstract

When did the universe thermalize? In this talk I review the status of this issue and its importance in establishing the expected properties of dark matter, the growth of large-scale structure, and the viability of inflation models when confronted with CMB observations. I also present a novel approach to tackling the theoretical challenges surrounding inflationary (p)reheating, which seeks to extend past work on the Effective Field Theory of Inflation to the time of reheating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCETUP* 2015 - Workshop on Dark Matter, Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics and PPC 2015 - IXth International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology
EditorsRouzbeh Allahverdi, Jason Kumar, Louis Strigari, Bhaskar Dutta, Farinaldo Queiroz, Kaladi Babu, Rebecca Surman, Barbara Szczerbinska, Baha Balantekin, Teruki Kamon
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414006
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 21 2016
Event5th Workshop on Dark Matter, Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, CETUP* 2015 and 9th International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology, PPC 2015 - Lead/Deadwood, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2015Jul 17 2015

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1743
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other5th Workshop on Dark Matter, Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, CETUP* 2015 and 9th International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology, PPC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityLead/Deadwood
Period6/15/157/17/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Watson, S. (2016). Thermal history of the universe after inflation. In R. Allahverdi, J. Kumar, L. Strigari, B. Dutta, F. Queiroz, K. Babu, R. Surman, B. Szczerbinska, B. Balantekin, & T. Kamon (Eds.), CETUP* 2015 - Workshop on Dark Matter, Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics and PPC 2015 - IXth International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology [050016] (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1743). American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4953317