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Inflation, Reheating, and You

Physics/Astro Auditorium

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (UW)

February 1 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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What happened after inflation? Pretty much everything. But if we make this statement more precise and ask, “What happened immediately after inflation?” the answer is that we actually don’t know. The era immediately following the universe’s first period of accelerated expansion is known as reheating, and it is a part of the cosmic timeline for which we have no observables. In this talk, I will give some background on inflation, explain what reheating is, and describe my work on related questions at the non-dark matter intersection of particle physics and astrophysics.