Early universe cosmology as a probe of fundamental physics by Ogan Ozsoy
Advisor: Prof. Scott Watson / Contact: Yudaisy Salomón Sargentón, 315-443-5960
Room: 202 Physics Bldg.
The features of the universe we probe today are a reflection of the underlying physics at high energies and is a powerful motivation that drives theoretical research in modern cosmology. Precision observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and the Large Scale Structure in the universe have already taught us a great deal about what may have occurred at high energies and early times in the universe’s history. In particular, the inflationary paradigm and the existence of cold dark matter stands as the two main pillars of standard model of cosmology (LCDM) which constitutes much of our modern understanding of the world we see today from a cosmological perspective. Despite the successful reconciliation of these theoretical ideas with precision data, we are far from a complete understanding of the particle physics nature of dark matter, inflationary dynamics and how the post-inflationary evolution proceeds. In this talk, I will present several theoretical ideas motivated by bottom-up and top-down constructions in field theory and explore their observational consequences in the hope of shedding some light on these phenomena.