Date of Award

5-13-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Giblin, Tom

Abstract

Detailed measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation and our observations of the large-scale structure of the Universe give measurable hints about how our Universe formed. The theory of cosmological perturbations is a promising explanation of the origin of this structure in the context of inflationary cosmology. This work looks at how the small fluctuations at the outset of inflation could source the galaxies and clusters of galaxies that exist throughout the Universe.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references: pages 62-65

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