Inflation, Dark Matter, Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

The goal of this research project is to investigate the interconnection between particle physics and  crucial aspects of the standard Big-Bang cosmological model. In particular, we plan to investigate aspects of inflation in the Early Universe, the nature of dark matter and the nature of dark energy or possible scenarios of modified gravity. Particular emphasis is given to the present-day and future observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation, the study of the Large-Scale Structure (LSS) of the Universe through present and future surveys, and  the indirect signatures of DM candidates coming from present and future experiments. The new results from LHC and the satellite Planck provide a treasure trove that allow to test/rule out with the highest precision/accuracy various models for the early universe.