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Time Dependent String Theories and Cosmology

Objective

Great progress was made in recent years on two different fronts. Experimentally we have improved our understanding of cosmology to the level that we now have a standard model of cosmology. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this model is the realization that most of the energy in the universe is made out of dark matter and dark energy which are not well understood. On the theoretical front string theory has been developed to the level that we now understand many non-perturbative aspects of the theory. This progress offers new ways of making contact between string theory and our four dimensional real world in general and cosmology in particular. The objective of this proposal is to take advantage of this progress and to improve our understanding of string theory in time dependent situations. We are hopeful that such a progress could lead to a {\it precise} realization in string theory of the standard model of cosmology in general, and of dark matter, dark energy and inflation in particular.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/string theory
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/physical cosmology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/dark matter

Call for proposal

ERC-2007-StG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 441 116
Principal investigator
Nissan Itzhaki (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Rafi Elishav (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 441 116
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Nissan Itzhaki (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Rafi Elishav (Mr.)