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1 An Overview of Modern Cosmology Strings, Gravity and Locality:

2 Physics at the Dawn of the 20 th Century: The Clockwork Universe Newton’s Third Law of Motion F=mdx/dt Universal Law of Gravitation F=GMm/r 2 Maxwell’s Equations ▼∙E = ρ/ε ▼x E = −∂B/∂t ▼∙B = 0 ▼x B = µJ + µε∂E/∂t If one knew the positions of all objects occupying space, these laws would allow him to predict all events until the end of time : nothing could be uncertain; and the future just like the past would be present before his eyes.

3 Physics at the Dawn of the 20 th Century: Newton’s Absolute Space and Time TIME Absolute, true, and mathematical TIME passes equably without relation to anything external, and thus without reference to any change or way of measuring of time. SPACE Absolute, true, and mathematical SPACE remains similar and immovable without relation to anything external.

4 Physics at the Dawn of the 20 th Century: The End of Physics "Everything that can be invented has been invented" U.S. Patent Office in 1899. The end of science is at hand… all that is left is working out details, refining the value of certain physical constants to a few more decimal places and mopping up of a few remaining but trivial questions.

5 The 20 th Century Revolutions: General Relativity & Quantum Mechanics

6 General Relativity: A New Understanding of Gravity and Spacetime Gravity is the curvature of space and time. Equivalence of mass and energy (E=mc 2 ). Spacetime – Space and time no longer independent and absolute. Time dilation and length contraction.

7 General Relativity Einstein’s Field Equations Curvature Tensor - G µν Represents geometry of spacetime. Stress-energy Tensor -T µν Distribution of matter and energy. Cosmological Constant- Λ - Property of space. - Needed for a static universe. The Field Equations G µν = кT µν Static Universe G µν + Λ = кT µν Space tells matter how to move. Matter tells space how to curve.

8 Early Unified Field Theories Einstein spent last 30 years of life working on this vision without success. Kaluza Klein Theory –Postulated curled up 5 th dimension. –Offered hope of unifying electromagnetism and gravity. –Later experiments ruled this out. No success.

9 Birth of Modern Cosmology The expanding universe. –Uniform expansion. –v = H 0 r Cosmic Microwave background. –Cosmological principle –2.7K –From when Universe 300,000 yrs old.

10 The Big Bang A Dynamic Universe - General Relativity. - Evolving from early homogenous state. - Decelerating expansion. - Possible beginning and end. -Fate determined by amount of mass (critical mass). -Finite/unbounded, infinite/bounded, etc…?. -~ 15 billion years old (~ к/H 0 ).

11 Quantum Mechanics The Other Revolution Wave-particle duality. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Complementarity. Causality, probability and clockwork. Non-locality. Copenhagen. God does play dice!

12 Quantum Mechanics The Fundamentals Uncertainty Relationships ∆x∆P = ħ/2 ∆E∆t = ħ/2 ∆A∆B = ħ/2 Schrödinger's Equation −ħ 2 ∂ 2 Ψ(x,t)/2m∂x 2 + U(x)Ψ(x,t) = iħ∂Ψ(x,t)/∂t Bell’s Inequality │P(a,b) – P(a,c)│ ≤ 1 + P(b,c)

13 Quantum Mechanics & Cosmology Quantum fluctuations: The Genesis engine? Quantum fluctuations: A vacuum alive with energy. Quantum fluctuations: A natural source for a cosmological constant. Quantum fluctuations: CMB anisotropies, the seeds of structure. Evaporating black holes.

14 Quantum Mechanics and The Standard Model Forces Electromagnetic (QED) Weak Force Strong force (QCD) No gravity Misc. Electroweak unification. Particle masses are added in not predicted. Particles Fermions (matter) –Quarks –Leptons Matter/Anti-matter pairs. Bosons (forces) –Gluon –W and Z boson –Photon

15 Dark Matter and Neutrinos Dark Matter Baryonic. –Massive Compact Halo Objects (MACHOS). –Supermassive Black Holes. Non-Baryonic. –Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS). Neutrinos Fundamental particle. Weakly interacting (Trillions pass through our bodies every second). Very small mass. Under ground tank detectors.

16 Cosmology in the Early 1990s Big Bang –General Relativity –Smooth & homogeneous –CMB anisotropies (QM) –Expanding universe –Decelerating –Fate dependant on mass –Vacuum energy Standard Model –Fundamental particles –Electroweak unification Universe seems flat. Something missing? QM ≠ Gravity Unification of forces Homogeneity of CMB Flatness of space Mass question Dark matter

17 Extensions Unified Field Theory –Grand Unification –Quantum Gravity (graviton) Higgs interaction –Higgs boson Inflation –10 -35 s A.BB –10 -32 s duration –10 50 x expansion –Symmetry breaking/ –Vacuum energy/ cosmological constant –Homogeneity –Smooth curvature –Seed structure Supersymmetry –fermions → bosons bosons → fermions –Every particle has a super partner –Predicts Higgs boson

18 Superstring Theory: The Theory of Everything? History String theory – ‘70. Initially strong force. Fails, but… Predicted massless spin 2 particle – graviton? Quantum gravity? Supersymmetry + gravity = 11-D supergravity. Supersymmetry + strings = 10-D superstrings – ’80. Theory of everything. 5 versions. Duality and the relationship between theories – ’95. 0-9-D P-branes.

19 Superstring Theory: What is it? 1-dimensional strings – 10 -33 cm. Particle - mode of vibration. –Matter –Force 10-dimensional spacetime. QM and gravity. –By doing away with dimensionless point. In fact, requires gravity! Spacetime not fundamental – Emergent on a classical scale?

20 M-Theory The Real Theory of Everything? 11- dimensional theory. Unites 5-string theories while including supergravity and p- branes. –Duality - Simply different aspects of same theory. Ends of open strings confined to move within brane. –Properties of branes revealed by examination of strings which endpoints it contains. Dimensionality may only emerge in semi-classical contexts as an artifact of particular solutions. Do not know the final form yet.

21 String/Brane Cosmology Big Bang model No singularity. Same mechanism as for QM/GR. Space may not be fundamental on these scales. Cosmic strings – seeding structure The Universe as a brane. 3 dimensional space as a 3-brane. Open strings constrained to brain would not “see” outside. So large dimensions could be unnoticed. Gravity not constrained: measurable consequences. –Measure extra dimensions Ekpyrotic Universe Universe as a 3-brane afloat in a higher dimensional space with other 3-branes Initially cold and flat 3-branes collide –Energy results in matter and radiation –Finite temperature –Inflation Cyclic Model Self dual point Contraction until dual to large scale

22 Cosmic Acceleration! 1998 studies - Rate of expansion increasing! Dark Energy – Cosmological constant –Quantum vacuum energy Too much though –General relativity – negative pressure G µν + Λ = кT µν G µν = Λ + кT µν Property of space ↔ form of energy M-Theory – Leaked Gravity Gravity not confined to brane Leaks puts tension on brane inherent warp→ Einstein’s Λ Measurable large distances

23 Cosmic Composition 95% Universe mystery. –30% Dark matter. Non-baryonic. –65% Dark energy. 5% normal stuff. –.3% Neutrinos.

24 Multiverse Level I – Cosmic Horizon –Same physics. –Different Initial conditions. –infinite space - Infinite regions Level II – Bubble Inflation –Same equations –Possibly different constants, particles and dimensionality. –Chaotic inflation – bubble regions Level III – QM Many Worlds Level IV – Mathematical –Any mathematical model. –Any laws of physics.

25 9 Questions for 21st Century Physics Are there undiscovered principles of nature: new symmetries, new physical laws? (M-Theory, etc…) How can we solve the mystery of dark energy? Are there extra dimensions? Are all forces simply one aspect of a single force? Why so many kinds of particles? What is dark matter and how can we make it in the laboratory? What are neutrinos telling us? How did the universe come to be? What happened to all the antimatter?

26 How Do We Know What We Know Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself – Einstein. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty – Feynman It is 'Scientific' only to say what's more likely and less likely– Feynman It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature. - Niels Bohr All of us live with the knowledge that there is an ultimate truth and our mistakes will be discovered. - Persis Drell

27 The Landscape of Cosmology


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