course dates credits
Beyond the Standard Model in the Early Universe Apr 23 - May 21 2
teachers schedule term
Andrea De Simone Mon-Thu, 8:30-9:45 3

Program:

  • Phase Transitions in the early Universe
    • Effective potentials at zero and finite temperature
    • Thermal tunnelling
  • Baryogenesis
    • General conditions, Sphalerons, Boltzmann equations
    • Electroweak Baryogenesis
    • Leptogenesis
  • Topological defects
    • General classification
    • Magnetic monopoles, cosmic strings, domain walls
  • The dark matter component of the Universe
    • Observational evidences
    • The WIMP paradigm and particle physics candidates
    • A few exceptions to the WIMP paradigm: coannihilation, threshold and resonance effects
    • Direct detection of WIMP dark matter: test and challenges to the framework
    • Indirect detection of WIMPs; mechanisms for non-thermal generation of dark matter
    • The cosmological gravitino problem and gravitinos as dark matter
    • Dark matter as a condensate: the case for axion dark matter

Prerequisites:

Books:

  • E. W. Kolb and M. S. Turner, The Early Universe, Addison-Wesley (New York, 1990)
  • D. S. Gorbunov, V. A. Rubakov, Introduction to the Theory of the Early Universe - Hot Big Bang Theoryť, World Scientific (2011).

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