Eighth annual Barkla lecture - Professor Viatcheslav Mukhanov

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Viatcheslav Mukhanov
Professor Viatcheslav Mukhanov

Professor Viatcheslav Mukhanov delivered the eighth Barkla lecture on 24th April 2013. The title of his talk was the "Quantum Origin of the Universe Structure".

Professor Viatcheslav Mukhanov holds the chair for Theoretical Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. He is widely recognised for his work on the theory of inflationary cosmological perturbations. In 1980-1981, he and G. Chibisov discovered that quantum fluctuations can be responsible for the observed large scale structure of the universe. The predicted spectrum of fluctuations is at present in very good agreement with recent measurements of the cosmic microwave background fluctuations. Subsequently, Professor Mukhanov developed the quantum theory of cosmological perturbations for calculating perturbations in generic inflationary models.

Professor Mukhanov has written books on cosmology and received several prestigious prizes: 

- Oskar Klein Medal, Stockholm University, Sweden (2006)

- Tomalla prize, Switzerland (2009)

- Blaise Pascal Chair, ENS, Paris, France (2011)

- Amaldi Medal (2012)

The University of Liverpool, and the North-West in general have had a long tradition in nuclear and particle physics research, starting with Rutherford and Chadwick, who discovered the nucleus and the neutron, and continuing to the present day with the work on particle physics detectors, accelerators and theoretical studies. 

The aim of the Barkla lecture series is to expose the experimental and theoretical physics research activities at the university to the wider university audience and beyond, and to attract students to this area.

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