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HoloQosmos Report Summary

Project ID: 616732
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Belgium

Periodic Report Summary 2 - HOLOQOSMOS (Holographic Quantum Cosmology)

Our current theory of cosmology is largely based on Einstein's classical theory of general relativity. This theory breaks down at the Big Bang, which means we have at present no rigorous understanding how our large universe came to be and why it is the way it is. The central goal of this project is to work towards a quantum theory of the primordial universe which remains valid in the extreme conditions at the Big Bang. We do so by drawing on recent advances developed in the context of high-energy physics. Important predictions following from our `model of the Big Bang’ include that our large, classical universe has come into being with a burst of inflation - a phase of rapid expansion in which the quantum fuzz is transformed and amplified into the seeds of the large-scale structures we observe today. The model we are developing in this project also appears to predict that our universe, despite this early phase of inflation, is spatially finite and not infinite as was generally believed.

Reported by

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
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