The Cosmic Microwave Background and the future of Observational Cosmology

Graeme Addison
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2014-11-10 15:30 - 16:30
Hennings 318

In the decades following the detection of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) an enormous observational effort has been made to measure and characterize these fluctuations in ever-increasing detail. Why is the CMB such a powerful cosmological probe? Why are we still building new instruments to study it? What new physics is it going to tell us? In this talk I will attempt to answer these questions, focussing on the current state-of-the-art data, the increasing challenges we face from foreground contamination and other systematic uncertainties, and the exciting prospect of indirectly measuring neutrino mass with upcoming observations.

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