- May 18, 2020, 2:00 pm US/Central
- Amy Bender, Argonne National Laboratory
Abstract: Observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) probe a diverse set of fundamental physics in both the early and late universe. CMB measurements are a cornerstone of our now exceptionally precise Lambda-CDM model of cosmology, however, many questions remain. Did an inflationary epoch occur a fraction of a second after the Big Bang? What is the nature of dark energy? Is the Hubble constant controversy new physics or simply measurement systematics? I won’t answer any of these questions in this seminar, but I will present the latest status of the SPT-3G receiver. Now in the second year of a five-year survey, SPT-3G data is already providing tantalizing hints about what scientific goalposts will be possible in the very near future. I’ll highlight a few of these opportunities as well as providing perspectives on the upcoming CMB-S4 experiment.
For more information, please contact Yu-Dai Tsai at ytsaiATfnal.gov.