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Cosmological Variations

I present three possible non-standard additions to cosmology.  First I show that a very long early period of inflation could exist in which parameters evolve, or 'relax', to seemingly fine-tuned values.  Next, I show that even if cosmic inflation existed, a period after inflation with anisotropic stress can dramatically affect super-horizon modes and thus the imprint on the cosmic microwave background.  Finally, I show that cosmological singularities can be avoided by a bounce without using exotic matter that violates the Null Energy Condition, but by the addition of vorticity in compact extra dimensions.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
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