Starts 12 Nov 2013 16:30
Ends 12 Nov 2013 20:00
Central European Time
ICTP
Leonardo da Vinci Building Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Abstract. The discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe is motivating an impressive amount of theoretical and observational activity. After briefly reviewing the problems and challenges of "Dark Energy", I will focus on recent and ongoing works where a unifying description of dark energy and modified gravity is proposed, that is inspired by the Effective Field Theory (EFT) of Inflation formalism. By extending such a framework to late time cosmology one can write the most general action for cosmological perturbations in the presence of an additional scalar degree of freedom. I will focus on a few operators that are quadratic in the perturbations and which appear in non-minimally coupled scalar-tensor gravity and "Galileon" theories and describe the mixing between gravity and the scalar degree of freedom that such operators produce. I will also discuss the present observational constraints and forecasts for future experiments such as EUCLID.