The interface of cosmology with string and M(illennium) theory

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The purpose of this review is to discuss recent developments occurring at the interface of cosmology with string and M theory. We begin with a short review of 1980s string cosmology and the Brandenberger-Vafa mechanism for explaining space-time dimensionality. It is shown how this scenario has been modified to include the effects of p-brane gases in the early universe. We then introduce the Pre-Big-Bang scenario (PBB), Hořava-Witten heterotic M theory and the work of Lukas, Ovrut and Waldram, and end with a discussion of large extra dimensions, the Randall-Sundrum model and Brane World cosmologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4803-4843
Number of pages41
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number30
StatePublished - Dec 10 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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