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Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar - Mathew Madhavacheril (Perimeter) "Precision cosmology with the next generation of CMB and optical surveys"

Event Type
Department of Physics
Via Zoom
wifi event
Apr 14, 2021   12:00 pm  
Mathew Madhavacheril (Perimeter)
Brandy Shier
Originating Calendar
Physics - Astrophysics, Gravitation, and Cosmology Seminar

Ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments are now pushing into discovery space where new insights on inflation, dark matter, dark energy, neutrino physics and galaxy formation will be obtained by unraveling signatures buried beneath the primordial fluctuations. I will present new results from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) that exemplify the power of high-resolution measurements of the microwave sky, including high-fidelity maps of dark matter through gravitational lensing. These maps set the stage for a robust measurement of the neutrino mass scale and hierarchy with upcoming ACT and Simons Observatory data. I will also discuss a new proposal for dramatically improving the sensitivity to primordial non-Gaussianity using measurements of the cosmic velocity field, and sketch a path towards using this technique to detect or rule out multi-field inflation using a combination of upcoming CMB data from the Simons Observatory and optical galaxy data from the Vera Rubin Observatory.

Zoom link will be sent to the mailing list. There will be an informal meet-and-greet with the speaker at 11:30am Central.

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