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Elements of String Cosmology
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  • Page extent: 570 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.27 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 530.14
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • String models
    • Cosmology

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521868754)

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This 2007 text was the first dedicated to string cosmology, and contains an authoritative introduction to the basic notions of the subject. It summarises over 15 years of research and introduces advances. Self-contained, it can be read by astrophysicists unfamiliar with string theory, and high-energy physicists with little understanding of cosmology.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Notation, units and conventions; 1. A short review of standard and inflationary cosmology; 2. The basic string cosmology equations; 3. Conformal invariance and string effective action; 4. Duality symmetries and cosmological solutions; 5. Inflationary kinematics; 6. The string phase; 7. The cosmic background of relic gravitational waves; 8. Scalar perturbations and the anisotropy of the CMB radiation; 9. Dilaton phenomenology; 10. Elements of brane cosmology; Index.


"The fascinating and emerging science relating string theory's impact on the foundations of primordial cosmology are clearly presented in this detailed text. Designed to present string theory to astrophysicists and, in turn, cosmology to string theorists, the volume presents chapters on basic string cosmology equations, conformal invariance and string effective actions, duality symmetries and cosmological solutions, inflationary kinematics, and the string phase. Subsequent chapters describe scalar perturbations, the anisotropy spectrum of the CMB radiation, dilaton phenomenology, and elements of brane cosmology. Gasperini (theoretical physics, U. of Bari, Italy) has presented a Ph.D. course on this topic and organized the chapters and content accordingly, with more advanced topics and computations presented in separate appendices at the end of many of the chapters. The text is designed for teaching graduate courses, and will also be of interest to readers with basic knowledge of relativity and quantum field theory." --Book News

"... an excellent resource for the graduate student interested in learning string cosmology, especially the pre-Big Bang scenario. The test provides a clear, explanation of the results of hundreds of research articles. Thus it is a good starting point for those entering this exciting field."
Gary Horowitz, University of California, Santa Barbara; Physics Today

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