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May 22, 2018Jean-Luc Lehners talks about the Big Bang and about what happened before.Where: Volksbühne BerlinWhen: 8pm

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May 22, 2018
Jean-Luc Lehners talks about the Big Bang and about what happened before.
Where: Volksbühne Berlin
When: 8pm

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Radio interview with Jean-Luc Lehners

Was vor dem Urknall war...

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Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics receives a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC)

1.24 Million Euros for Early Universe Research

March 12, 2018

Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics receives a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC)
The article No rescue for the no boundary proposal: Pointers to the future of quantum cosmology by Job Feldbrugge, Jean-Luc Lehners, and Neil Turok has been highlighted as "Editor's Choice".  Phys. Rev. D 97, 023509 – Published 12 January 2018

Editor's Choice in Physical Review D

The article No rescue for the no boundary proposal: Pointers to the future of quantum cosmology by Job Feldbrugge, Jean-Luc Lehners, and Neil Turok has been highlighted as "Editor's Choice".

Phys. Rev. D 97, 023509 – Published 12 January 2018 [more]
Article about Jean-Luc Lehners' research the Max Planck Research magazine (No. 3/2017).

The Big Bang Clock

Article about Jean-Luc Lehners' research the Max Planck Research magazine (No. 3/2017). [more]
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and the Perimeter Institute in Canada disprove the theory of the "smooth beginning"

No Universe without Big Bang

June 15, 2017

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and the Perimeter Institute in Canada disprove the theory of the "smooth beginning"

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Theoretical Cosmology

The aim of the Max Planck Research Group Theoretical Cosmology is to enhance our understanding of the very early universe and its most mysterious aspect, the big bang. The research group was established in 2010 with the support of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, and has been funded by the Max Planck Society since 2015.

It seems likely that a great many features of our universe were determined by the physical processes taking place around the time of the big bang, as the initial conditions for the future evolution of the universe were set at that time. Moreover, we already know that these initial conditions must have been rather special: extrapolating back from current observations, it is clear that the universe must have been exceptionally flat, homogeneous and isotropic at these early times, but at the same time small density fluctuations (with a nearly scale-invariant spectrum) were needed in order to provide seeds for the formation of the large-scale structures via subsequent gravitational collapse.

There currently exists no complete theory that satisfactorily explains these “initial” conditions. However, there are promising candidate theories, such as inflationary cosmology and the theory of the cyclic universe, among others. We study and develop these cosmological theories while trying to figure out their relationship with fundamental physics (such as supergravity and string theory). The big questions guiding our research are: what was the origin of the universe? What happened at the big bang, and was the big bang really the beginning? How did space and time emerge? And how did space and time come to behave so classically, given that our most fundamental laws are quantum mechanical laws? Is our universe unique? How much of the universe is predetermined and fixed by mathematical consistency requirements, and how much is historical accident? What is the fate of the universe in the far future? Is our universe a one-off event, or does it regenerate itself by having cycles of evolution? It is clear that progress in this field will have a strong impact, both on science and on the perception that we humans have of our place in the universe.

 
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