The first measurements of acoustic peaks in the CMB anisotropies strongly suggest that the birth of cosmological fluctuations may have taken place during an early inflationary era of the universe.
In this domain, our activities deal with the construction of explicit models of inflation as well as the extraction of their observable consequences. Our fields of expertise comprise some actively debated subjects as the existence of features (e.g. trans-Planckian effects), inflation with non-minimally coupled scalar fields, DBI- and brane inflation as in the context of String Theory.
For all these theories, we are maintaining various numerical tools such as the ASPIC and FieldInf librairies allowing to compute reheating-consistent predictions for comparison with cosmological data.
External collaborators: Jérôme Martin (IAP, Paris, France), Vincent Vennin (Portsmouth, U.K.), Sébastien Clesse (RWTH, Aachen, Germany).
Large Scale Structures
The statistical properties of large scale structures contain a large amount of information on cosmological observables. The abundance of halos of given mass is sensitive to various cosmological observables such as the equation of state of dark energy, to the amount of primordial non-Gaussianity as well as to the mass and cross section of the dark matter particles. Various of our activities and research are equally focused to the future EUCLID satellite mission.
External collaborators: M. Musso.
The forthcoming cosmological experiments should provide new insights on the amount of non-Gaussianity eventually present in the Cosmic Microwave Background fluctuations and large scale structures surveys. We study various early universe models that could potentially let some imprints in these observables and especially cosmic strings.
External collaborators: Teruaki Suyama (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Mark Hindmarsh (Sussex University, U.K.), Stéphane Colombi, François Bouchet (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France).