The robustness of slow contraction to cosmic initial conditions

TYPEAstrophysics Seminar
Speaker:Anna Ijjas
Affiliation:Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover
Time:14:30 - 15:30
Location:Lidow 620

I will discuss recent results from full-blown numerical relativity simulations of early-universe scenarios, demonstrating that slow contraction is a “supersmoothing” cosmological phase that homogenizes, isotropizes and flattens the universe and can do so far more robustly and rapidly than had been realized in earlier studies.