Particle Physics and Cosmology, the Interface: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Particle Physics and Cosmology, the Interface Cargese, France, 4-16 August 2003 by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (Paperback, 2005)
This Carg' ese school of Particle physics is meant to bridge the narr- ing gap between astrophysical observations and particle physics. The lectures supply the students with a theoretical background which covers severalaspectsofthecosmologicalscenario: matter-antimatterasym- try, the nature of dark matter, the acceleration of the expansion and the cosmological constant and the geometry of the universe as well as m- ernviewsonparticlephysicsincludingsupersymmetry, extradimensions scenarii and neutri oscillations. ix Preface TheinvestigatiofnuclearabundancesbyAlpher,Bethe,andGamow (1948) was the ?rst intrusion of subatomic physics into cosmology. In contrast with their assumption, most nuclear species are w kwn to be produced in stars, but their bold step led to predictions which have largely been proven to be right: -a crude estimate of the densities during primordial nucleosynthesis -the presence of a residual 3K radiation today. the issues they addressed are still relevant. The origin of matter is t fully understood,and the CMB has grown into a powerful tool to inv- tigate the early eras of the universe. The progress of cosmological observations has w led to a 'standard' slow-roll in?ation model, which accounts quantitatively for many - served features of the universe. As the lectures will show, it still leaves large unchartered areas, and the underlying particle physics aspects are yettobeelucidated.