Colloquium
Colloquium

Initial Conditions for Inflation

Sonia Paban

University of Texas at Austin

         
         The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation is the farthest and earliest thing anyone can possible see. This radiation was first detected in 1964. Since then several experiments have determined its properties, and new experiments are being designed to do furthest tests in the future. The theory of Inflation explains the known features of the CMB and makes predictions yet to be tested. In this talk I will give a general introduction to the theory of Inflation and I will explore the initial conditions, both classical and quantum, necessary for the universe to enter an inflationary period.