University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Friday, September 25th 2015
Speaker: Richard Holman (CMU)
Subject: Open Effective Theories and Stochastic Inflation

What is the correct description of the effective theory for long wavelength modes in inflation? I'll argue that the standard EFT tools do not apply here and that a new description based on open effective theories is required. I'll discuss how this is related to the Stochastic Inflation program and how decoherence takes place in inflation.

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