18-21 September 2017
University of Bologna, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Europe/Rome timezone

An early epoch of inflationary expansion would explain the isotropy and flatness of the Universe and provide the seeds for the CMB anisotropies and large scale structure formation. Over the last decade, string theory has provided a well-motivated framework to address the microscopic nature of inflation and its sensitivity to quantum gravity effects. However the post-inflationary epoch has been relatively little explored so far.
The main cosmological challenges to be addressed include pre- and re-heating, the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry, the nature of dark matter, dark radiation and dark energy. String theory -- with its unified description of gravity and particle physics -- provides a promising framework to address these connections between cosmology and particle physics. Ultimately, post-inflationary physics will strongly constrain string models of the early Universe and could have implications for a wide range of experiments and observations, from the CMB to dark matter detection, from gravity waves to colliders.
The workshop will bring together experts in string theory, cosmology and astroparticle physics who will focus on post-inflationary string cosmology with plenty of time for informal discussions and collaboration.

Invited speakers:

Ana Achucarro
Rouzbeh Allahverdi
Robert Brandenberger
Cliff Burgess
Joe Conlon
Ed Copeland

Laura Covi
Mafalda Dias
Bhaskar Dutta
Juan Garcia Bellido

Fabio Finelli
Jonathan Frazer
Arthur Hebecker
Jin U Kang

Sven Krippendorf
Anshuman Maharana
David Marsh
Francesco Muia
Enrico Pajer
Fernando Quevedo
Antonio Riotto

Fuminobu Takahashi
Gianmassimo Tasinato
Scott Watson
Alexander Westphal
Ivonne Zavala

Dates: from 18 September 2017 09:00 to 21 September 2017 14:30
Timezone: Europe/Rome
Location: University of Bologna, Department of Physics and Astronomy
via Irnerio 46
Room: Aula A
Chairs: Cicoli, Michele (Bologna U. & ICTP)
Ciupke, David (Bologna U.)
Parameswaran, Susha (Liverpool U.)
Pedro, Francisco (IFT, Madrid)
Shukla, Pramod (ICTP)
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