BICEP2: A Cold Telescope's View of the Infant Universe (FREE)

                      Orange County Astronomers Presents:

   BICEP2:  A Cold Telescope's View of the Infant Universe

The BICEP2 and Keck array are telescopes designed to probe the first moments in time after the Big Bang. In this talk, I will outline the theory of Inflation, which many scientists believe explains the current and past expansion history of the Universe. If the theory of inflation is true, it explains expansion, and also where all of the matter and structure in our Universe comes from. It also predicts a cosmological gravitational wave signature that should be observable. I will describe how we built a set of unique telescopes to go after this smoking gun signature. These telescopes were largely assembled in southern California at Caltech and JPL. I will highlight novel technology developments that were required to detect such a faint signature. I will also explain how and why we build these these telescopes in the inhospitable geographic South Pole.

Zak Staniszewski received his undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy at University of Wisconsin, Madison. His PhD from Case Western Reserve University was on the South Pole Telescope.  He spent the 10-month winter season at the South Pole running that telescope. For the last 5 years, he has been a post-doc at Caltech studying inflation and the Cosmic Microwave Background.

"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Steve Condrey

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After lecture mixer:  Filling Station Restaurant in Orange.  Let's meet for appies and adult beverages and discuss what we learned.  Within walking distance from the lecture hall.  Free parking across the restaurant. 

http://www.fillingstationcafe.com/


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  • Allison H.

    Really interesting, we are so lucky to have OCA on our doorstep

    July 15

  • Kristin K.

    Will be interesting to see the new data....brrrrrrr

    July 15

  • ~Patricia~

    Why was KCAL9 at the OCA Meeting on Friday? Thanks to our Allison Hogan, we know why. It had to do with the super moon. Here's the clip and thank you Allison! http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/10359454-supermoon-does-it-put-us-at-risk-for-big-tides-quakes/#.U8DSX1S-5eU.facebook

    July 13

    • Maria P.

      Thanks Allison for posting.

      July 14

  • ~Patricia~

    2 · June 23

    • Lynne

      Am so bummed I had to miss this at the last moment! Will read the article to soothe myself. Thanks.

      July 12

    • Angela

      Fascinating!

      July 12

  • ~Patricia~

    A special thanks to Kristin Kitrell for saving seats for us Cosmosians. Not an easy thing to do at Irvine Lecture Hall. You are one in a million!

    1 · July 12

  • Leo G.

    Photos uploaded.

    July 12

    • ~Patricia~

      Thanks so much, Leo! I really appreciate your photos. Hope to see you soon. :-)

      July 12

  • San

    Jim Carey did a great job explaining what was going on. Also glad the Staniszewski could help out ; ) Seriously Zak S. did a very good job taking laymen from the basics to the arcane edges of CMB. Are they really looking and seeing back in time over 13 billion years ? Or is it just math ? Also enjoyed his South Pole anecdotes, how the time is spent there doing the science and maintenance.

    1 · July 12

  • Leo G.

    I wanted to quickly chime in and say that I enjoyed the lecture tremendously. I've gained new insight about the newest ways cosmologists/astronomers are learning about the early universe. In fact, one of the most fascinating things about the lecture presented by Professor Staniszewski was was when he talked about the two competing schools of thoughts on the subject. On one hand, you have his research and his team/BICEP2 (gravity waves/inflation/South Pole) and then you have the ekpyrotic universe school of thought primarily coming from researchers/professors at Princeton University. It is a fascinating debate that is emerging in this particular community, and I get the ramifications to a certain degree. All in all, I'm so glad that this event was posted on the Cosmos sight, otherwise, I would have missed it. In addition, these lectures coordinated by OCAP, moreover, are appreciated for being open to the public at large. Kind Regards.

    1 · July 12

  • ~Patricia~

    I'm here. 5th row center.

    July 11

  • Derek

    Aahhh....Antarctic dreams! Oh, yeah right some cosmology too!

    June 23

    • Lynne

      No, never lived in Milwaukee--but I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska and loved it.

      July 11

    • Derek

      I would definitely work in Antarctica. It does not mean for a long time nor would I live there :-) It is an eventual goal of mine to do so via the NSF.

      1 · July 11

  • San

    I'm leaving from Laguna Woods if anyone needs to or would like to carpool from Irvine or Tustin or points south. [masked] 1801. Meet at Total Wine/Ashley Furniture parking lot on El Toro though flexible depending where you are. Thanks !

    July 10

    • Angela

      Thank you San! I'll be there :)

      July 11

    • San

      OK !

      July 11

  • ~Patricia~

    Hi fellow Cosmosians. If you wish to sit with group, kindly reply to comment. The hall fills up quickly so saving seats is difficult. Also you are welcome to meet afterwards at the Filling Station for discussion. You can respond below.

    July 10

    • Lynne

      OK--Look for the one person standing and doing "the wave"! Maybe I can get the people on either side of me to participate.

      July 10

    • Andreas G

      I'll look for you, Patricia, but don't save a seat for me. Count me in for dinner afterwards.

      1 · July 10

  • ~Patricia~

    Andreas, you have to promise to wear your propeller hat.

    June 29

  • Kristin K.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

    2 · June 23

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