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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Observational tests of eternal inflation
Speaker(s): Matthew Johnson
Abstract: In the picture of eternal inflation, our observable universe resides inside a single bubble nucleated from an inflating false vacuum. Some of the theories giving rise to eternal inflation predict that we have causal access to collisions with other bubble universes, providing an opportunity to confront these theories with observation. In this talk, I will outline progress on the theoretical description of eternal inflation and bubble collisions, and present results from the first search for the effects of bubble collisions in the WMAP 7-year data.
Date: 25/01/2011 - 2:00 pm
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