astro-ph/0109439


Inflationary Cosmology: Theory and Phenomenology

Andrew R. Liddle


Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, U. K.


Abstract. This article gives a brief overview of some of the theory behind the inflationary cosmology, and discusses prospects for constraining inflation using observations. Particular care is given to the question of falsifiability of inflation or of subsets of inflationary models. (1)


Table of Contents

OVERVIEW

INFLATIONARY COSMOLOGY: MODELS

INFLATIONARY COSMOLOGY: PERTURBATIONS

TESTING INFLATION
Quantifying microwave background anisotropies
The key tests of inflation
Spatial flatness
Gaussianity and adiabaticity
Vector and tensor perturbations
Growing mode perturbations

PRESENT AND FUTURE
The current status of inflation
Prospects for the future

NEW DIRECTIONS
The braneworld
The Ekpyrotic Universe

SUMMARY

REFERENCES

For a postscript version of the article, click here.



1 Article based on a talk presented at "The Early Universe and Cosmological Observations: a Critical Review", Cape Town, July 2001 Back.

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