Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 1991. 29: 325-362
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INFLATION FOR ASTRONOMERS

J.V. Narlikar

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Post Bag 4,
Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007, India

T. Padmanabhan

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road,
Bombay 400 005, India


Key Words: early universe, cosmology


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE STANDARD MODEL AND ITS DIFFICULTIES
The Friedman-Robertson-Walker Model with a Hot Big Bang
Some Puzzling Features of the FRW Models
The Horizon Problem
The Flatness Problem
Monopoles
Domain Walls
Smoothness Problem
The Lambda-Term
The Problem of Formation of Structures

THE CONCEPT OF INFLATION
The Basic Mechanism
The Epicycles of Inflation
Historical Comment

THE PROBLEM OF STRUCTURE FORMATION
The Scale Invariant Spectrum
Origin of Density Perturbations
A Critique of Inflation: Expectations and Performance

INFLATION AND DARK MATTER

THE COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT

OUTLOOK

REFERENCES

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