Oct 07, 2021

Moritz Meunchmeyer, UW Madison

"Probing the primordial universe with high-resolution CMB and galaxy surveys"


The big bang can be viewed as a massive cosmological particle collider, whose output is the matter and radiation distribution that developed into the universe we observe today. By measuring the matter distribution of the universe more precisely, we can in principle learn more about the ultra-high energy physics of the early universe (inflation). However, extracting this primordial information is very difficult because of the complicated non-linear physics of structure formation. In this talk I will describe current and upcoming experiments, in particular focussing on secondary CMB anisotropies and galaxy survey data. I will show some recent ideas how their data can be used for primordial physics, and describe how modern computational methods from machine learning help to deal with non-linear physics.


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Event Details

Oct 07, 2021


4421 Sterling Hall, 3:30 pm Coffee and Cookies, 3:45 pm Talk Starts

Speaker Host:
Professor Ellen Zweibel

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