Inflation and Creation of Matter in the Universe
Andrei Linde
Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305, USA


Abstract:
The evolution of the inflationary theory is described, starting from the Starobinsky model and the old inflation scenario, toward chaotic inflation and the theory of eternally expanding self-reproducing inflationary universe. A special attention is devoted to the recent progress in the theory of reheating and creation of matter after inflation.