Measuring the Beginning of Time From the Bottom of the World
Measurements of the afterglow of the Big Bang, the cosmic microwave background, have allowed physicists to piece together much of our modern understanding of the origin, composition, and evolution of the Universe. Future measurements hope to answer tantalizing questions ranging from the transient nature of the radio sky to the earliest moments of the Universe itself. I will give a brief introduction to the cosmic microwave background and what we can learn from it. I will then describe some of the telescopes we build to make these measurements and the premiere astronomical observing sites we use to house our experiments.
Speaker: Cyndia Yu, Stanford University
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This event was originally scheduled for May 24, 2022.
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