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Theory Group Seminar
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 02:00pm

Gui Pimentel, University of Amsterdam

"Decoding and bootstrapping cosmological fluctuations"

Abstract: I will review our current understanding of the initial conditions of the universe, and describe what information is available from current and future measurements of cosmological correlation functions. Then I will describe a new method to compute and constrain the possible shapes of those correlation functions, assuming they were generated during inflation. This ``cosmological bootstrap” draws inspiration from the modern scattering amplitudes program in flat space, as well as the conformal bootstrap of phase transitions. After discussing primordial scalar fluctuations, I will also explain how the consistent propagation of gravitational waves imposes further constraints on the structure of spinning primordial correlators.

Location: Zoom