Astrophysical and cosmological observations have revealed a wealth of information about the structure, composition, and evolution of the Universe. Although we can classify the ingredients that compose the Universe today, we don't yet know their origin. Their genesis must have been the early stages of the big bang and involved particle physics beyond the standard model. This MIAPbP program is centered around topics that sit at the connection between particle physics and cosmology:
1) cosmological inflation,
2) the end of inflation,
3) cosmological relics, and
4) gravitational particle production.
How did quantum fluctuations of the inflaton field provide the seeds for structure on cosmological scales? Did other fields play a role during inflation? How did their quantum fluctuations imprint on cosmological observables (e.g., non-Gaussianity) or survive as cosmological relics today (e.g., dark matter, matter/antimatter asymmetry)? How can these degrees of freedom be embedded into a compelling UV theory? By bringing together experts on particle physics and cosmology, we hope to develop a deeper understanding of these tough questions over the course of this 4-week MIAPbP meeting.