Events - Daily
|Friday, October 09|
Gravity Group Seminar, Thomas Essinger-Hileman "CLASS: The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor"
The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) is an experiment to measure the signature of a gravitational-wave background from inflation in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). CLASS is a multi-frequency array of four telescopes operating from a high-altitude site in the Atacama Desert in Chile. CLASS will survey 70% of the sky in four frequency bands centered at 38, 93, 148, and 217 GHz, which are chosen to straddle the Galactic-foreground minimum while avoiding strong atmospheric emission lines. This broad frequency coverage ensures that CLASS can distinguish Galactic emission from the CMB. CLASS is unique among current CMB experiments in attempting to characterize the full shape of the primordial B-mode power spectrum from the ground, including the signal from reionization at low ell. Its unique combination of large sky coverage, control of systematic errors, and high sensitivity will allow CLASS to measure or place upper limits on the tensor-to-scalar ratio at a level of r = 0.01 and make a cosmic-variance-limited measurement of the optical depth to the surface of last scattering.
Joseph Henry Room · 12:00 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.
High Energy Theory IAS - Edward Witten, IAS - “Fermion Path Integrals and Topological Phases”
Bloomberg Lecture Hall - Institute for Advanced Study · 1:45 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.