Special Issue "Origin of the Universe"

A special issue of Universe (ISSN 2218-1997).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Grant J. Mathews
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Interests: the origin and evolution of matter in the universe; the nature and origin of dark energy and dark matter; “brane-world” cosmology on the history of the cosmic expansion, the formation and evolution of galactic structure, and the epoch of primordial nucleosynthesis; time varying fundamental constants and evidence for large compact dimensions; general-relativistic hydrodynamic simulations of supernovae and orbiting, accreting, collapsing and/or merging white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; Nuclear astrophysics, nucleosynthesis
Prof. Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Interests: origins of the universe and the fundamental nature of space and time; dark energy; quantum physics of the black holes; origins of the universe from a quantum landscape multiverse based on fundamental physics; back-reaction of Hawking radiation on a gravitationally collapsing stars

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The birth of the universe out of the M-theory landscape remains an important question in modern cosmology. Questions such as “Why are the only three large spatial dimensions?”, “What drives inflation?”, and “Is there observable evidence of the birth of the universe out of the M-theory landscape?” are subjects of active debate. We invite colleagues to submit papers on the following topics:

  1. Trans-Plankian inflation
  2. Models of inflation
  3. Constraints on Inflation effective potentials
  4. Brane-world inflation
  5. Constraints on Inflation initial conditions
  6. Primordial gravitational waves
  7. Cosmic dark flow and large-scale structure
  8. Origin of the cold spot in the CMB
  9. Anomalies in the CMB from inflation and the M-theory landscape
  10. Supersymmetric Inflation
  11. Primordial nucleosynthesis constraints on the birth of the universe
  12. Constraints on time-varying fundamental constants
  13. Constraints on anisotropic cosmological models
  14. Why are there three large dimensions

Prof. Dr. Grant J. Mathews
Prof. Dr. Laura Mersini Houghton
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • inflation
  • string theory
  • M-theory
  • big bang nucleosynthesis
  • cosmic microwave background
  • large-scale structure

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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