Breakthroughs and Challenges in Observational Cosmology

Speaker: 
Mark Halpern and Gary Hinshaw (UBC)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2018-02-15 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Henning 201
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

The 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the WMAP Science
Team for their observations of CMB anisotropy.  These data formed the basis for the
now-standard cosmological model of a flat universe dominated by dark matter and dark
energy which has been expanding for 13.8 billion years.  We will put these
observations in the context of pre- and post-WMAP observations and discuss the
challenges facing cosmology today.  The talk will conclude with remarks about the
Breakthrough Prize.

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