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Saturday Physics for Everyone: Ballooning, Antarctica, and the Baby Pictures of our Universe

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
UIUC Physics Department
Location
141 Loomis Laboratory
Date
Dec 2, 2023   9:45 - 11:30 am  
Speaker
Professor Jeffrey Filippini
Registration
Click here to access the registration form. Registration is not required.
Contact
Irene Lira-Andsager
E-Mail
andsagr2@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6186
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Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone

Ballooning, Antarctica, and the Baby Pictures of our Universe

The glow of the hot early universe is "visible" today as a hum of radio waves filling the sky – the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Studies of the faint patterns in this glow continue to bring unparalleled insights into our universe’s history and composition.  To capture these faint signals, cosmologists must develop ever more sensitive instruments, and deploy them to some of the most remote observing sites on and above the Earth. I will give a tour of CMB science and cosmic history and discuss my team’s adventure last December flying our newest CMB telescope, SPIDER, over Antarctica on a stadium-sized balloon.

  • SPIDER’s balloon: 435 feet diameter
  • State Farm Center dome: 400 feet diameter
  • Memorial Stadium: 435 x 560 feet (main level stands)

Learn more about Professor Jeffrey Filippini on the Physics website: https://physics.illinois.edu/people/directory/profile/jpf

High school students can also register for this event here: https://enroll.illinois.edu/register/saturday_physics_12_2_2023

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