CERN Lectures on Cosmology and Particle Physics

By Sean Carroll | October 12, 2011 10:19 am

Here’s a blast from the somewhat-recent past: a set of five lectures I gave at CERN in 2005. It looks like the quality of the recording is pretty good. The first lecture was an overview at a colloquium level; i.e. meant for physicists, but not necessarily with any knowledge of cosmology. The next four are blackboard talks with a greater focus; they try to bring people up to speed on the basic tools you need to think about modern early-universe cosmology.

Obviously I’m not going to watch all five hours of these, so I’ll just have to hope that I’m relatively coherent throughout. (I do remember being a bit jet-lagged.) But I do notice that, while it was only a few years ago, I do appear relatively young and enthusiastic. Ah, the ravages of Time…

Lecture One: Introduction to Cosmology

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUNtO2r_-eo

Lecture Two: Dark Matter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq-lGX2PRrc

Lecture Three: Dark Energy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYVj2RhXxeU

Lecture Four: Thermodynamics and the Early Universe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=178mMnGvWs0

Lecture Five: Inflation and Beyond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1PeXaMqKto

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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .

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