The Inflationary Universe
The spontaneous breakdown of a GUT symmetry in the early universe may lead to a phase transition, and subsequently to a thermal history deviating quite strongly from the standard model. This concept of the so-called “inflationary universe” has gained wide publicity — one more reason why it should be discussed thoroughly here, despite its highly speculative nature [Gliner 1965; Sato 1981a,b; Guth 1981; Albrecht and Steinhardt 1982; Linde 1982; Brandenberger 1985, for a review].
KeywordsBlack Hole Scalar Field Early Universe Higgs Field Vacuum Energy Density
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