Astro Seminar: "Measuring the Polarized Cosmic Microwave Background with POLARBEAR and the Simons Array"

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:00
Frederick Matsuda (University of California) hosted by Mark Devlin

POLARBEAR is a high resolution polarization sensitive instrument in Chile currently observing the polarized Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) signal in order to probe the physics of the early universe and inflation. POLARBEAR-2 and the Simons Array are next generation installments currently in development with vastly increased sensitivities that will achieve unprecedented constraints on cosmological parameters such as the tensor-to-scalar ratio and sum of the neutrino masses. I will talk about the instrument design, progress, and results of POLARBEAR as well as the development of POLARBEAR-2 and the Simons Array planned to deploy in 2017 and 2018. I will also summarize some of my personal research in spectroscopy and optics in POLARBEAR and the Simons Array experiments.

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8