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
Be careful not to park on the city streets. You could get ticketed.
Visitor parking is available in the Argyros Forum Lot, Cypress Lot, Palm Lot and West Palm Industrial Lot. After 4PM weekdays and all day weekends, visitor parking is also available in the Barrera and Lastinger Structures. Permits are required at all times. Parking Pass Kiosks at Argyros Forum Lot, Cypress Lot, Knott Lot: $2/ 2 hours $3/ 4 hours Parking Map of Campus
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.