Theoretical cosmology meeting

03Mar2017 12:00 - 18:00


Speakers: Jaume Garriga (Barcelona) and Marjorie Schillo (Leuven). Location: Amsterdam Science Park


14:15- 15:15 Jaume Garriga (Barcelona)

Primordial black holes from cosmic inflation

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee

15:45-16:45 Marjorie Schillo (Leuven) 

A new top-down model of inflation

Abstract:  I will present recent work that has succeeded in embedding the mechanism of Unwinding Inflation in string theory. I will review Unwinding Inflation and the process of brane-flux annihilation, in which D-brane charge in a flux background can dissolve and discharge Ramond-Ramond flux. A dynamical brane mediates the brane-flux annihilation as it moves across a compact internal cycle. This mechanism has recently been extended such that many units of flux can be discharged in a “flux cascade.” The flux cascade can be used to reduce vacuum energy and give rise to 60 efolds of inflation.


Room C0.05, Amsterdam Science Park 904


source: THC@NL

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