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Mar
28
Tue 4:00 PM

Amy Bender: The South Pole Telescope: Searching for cosmological answers with the cosmic microwave background

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   (847) 491-3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy Astrophysics Seminars

Category: Academic

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Title: The South Pole Telescope: Searching for cosmological answers with the cosmic microwave background


Speaker: Amy Bender, KCIP; Argonne National Laboratory

Host: Deanne Coppejans

Abstract: Observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) are a cornerstone of our current cosmological model. The CMB contains the imprint of signals from both early and late times in the evolution of the universe, enabling a diverse set of fundamental probes. CMB experiments are currently focused on measuring the B-mode polarization signature, as it has the potential to constrain inflationary gravitational waves as well as the effect of massive neutrinos on structure formation. The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is a large-aperture millimeter-wavelength telescope that has observed the CMB for the past decade. In this talk, I will highlight recent results from the SPT surveys including measurements of the CMB polarization. Over the past three months, the SPT was upgraded with a new receiver. I will discuss some of the technological advances implemented in this receiver and how it will open a new regime in multiband polarized observations of the CMB.

 

Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics

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