Game Changers Online Seminars

Captivating Cosmology: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow

Modern cosmology has entered what is often referred to as the era of “precision cosmology”. However, at the same time our current cosmological model involves several aspects which are at the forefront of current research in fundamental physics, e.g., the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the origin of matter-antimatter asymmetries.
This series of ISSI Game Changers online seminars on “Captivating Cosmology: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow” will take you on a journey from the first fractions of a second of cosmic history to the present day. In doing so, our seminar speakers will address our current understanding of signature cosmic epochs and constituents, and look ahead to future missions and experiments that will further improve our knowledge of the processes that have governed the evolution of the Universe so far – and in some cases also its future development.

Inflation Ends, What’s Next? A Story of How the Hot Big Bang Began

Webinar with Mustafa Amin (Rice University, USA) 

Thursday, 29th September 2022, 17h CEST, 11h EDT

Please click on this Link for the Zoom Session >> 

Meeting ID: 852 6990 9362        Password: 459004

Inflation, a period of accelerated expansion in the early universe, was likely responsible for setting up initial conditions for the formation of galaxies, and ultimately us. However, inflation also leaves the universe cold and empty. How did inflation end, and how did the universe get populated with particles resulting in the hot big bang? The period between the end of inflation and the era where light nuclei first formed presents an significant gap in our cosmic history. In this talk, the spreaker will discuss the exciting events taking place during this period, and how we can potentially improve upon our knowledge of this era in the coming years.

Mustafa Amin is an Associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, Texas (USA). Before joining Rice in 2015, Amin held a Senior Kavli Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and a Pappalardo Fellowship at MIT. He obtained his PhD from Stanford University, and undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. The questions that drive Amin’s current research include: How did inflation end and the hot big bang begin? What is the mass and intrinsic spin of dark matter particles? His expertise lies in nonlinear dynamics of cosmological fields, with his most impactful works being on the formation and implications of solitons at the end of inflation, and in contemporary dark matter. He has around 50, peer-reviewed, published articles and his work is currently supported by NASA and US Dept. of Energy.

Starting in the summer of 2020, the International Space Science Institute has organized the weekly on-line seminar series called “Game Changers”. After four series of talks on the themes of “Missions that Changed the Game in Solar System, Astrophysics and Earth Sciences” , “Ideas and Findings about the Solar System, the Universe and our Terrestrial Environment”, “Habitability – From Cosmic to Microbial Scales”, and “Viewing Earth from Space – the Changing Environment and Climate of our Planet”, the new seminar series is dedicated to the topic “Captivating Cosmology: From the Big Bang to Tomorrow”. All webinars are recorded an can be watched here: Recorded Game Changers Seminars >>

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