The Primordial Density Perturbation: Cosmology, Inflation and the Origin of Structure

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Overview

This graduate-level textbook gives a thorough account of theoretical cosmology and perturbations in the early Universe, describing their observational consequences and showing how to relate such observations to primordial physical processes, particularly cosmological inflation. With ambitious observational programs complementing ever-increasing sophistication in theoretical modeling, cosmological studies will remain at the cutting edge of astrophysical studies for the foreseeable future.

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"...a welcome addition to the growing collection of advanced cosmology textbooks. The two authors have made major contributions to the field, and their presentation is lucid and modern. Their volume warrants a place on the shelves of all researchers in advanced cosmology...." - Physics Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521828499
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David H. Lyth is Professor of Particle Astrophysics in the Physics Department at Lancaster University.

Andrew R. Liddle is Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

1. Overview; Part I. Relativity: 2. Special relativity; 3. General relativity; Part II. The Universe after the First Second: 4. The unperturbed Universe; 5. The primordial density perturbation; 6. Stochastic properties; 7. Newtonian perturbations; 8. General relativistic perturbations; 9. The matter distribution; 10. Cosmic microwave background anistropy; 11. Boltzmann hierarchy and polarization; 12. Isocurvature and tensor modes; Part III. Field Theory: 13. Scalar fields and gravity; 14. Internal symmetry; 15. Quantum field theory; 16. The Standard Model; 17. Supersymmetry; Part IV. Inflation and the Early Universe: 18. Slow-roll inflation; 19. More inflation paradigms; 20. Reheating and phase transitions; 21. Baryon number, CDM and dark energy; 22. Generating field perturbations at horizon exit; 23. Generating ζ at horizon exit; 24. Generating ζ and Si after horizon exit; 25. Slow-roll inflation and observation; Appendixes; Index.

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