The Cosmic Microwave Background and the Search for inflation at the beginning of the universe
with Dr. Adrian Lee
Saturday December 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM
100 GPB (Genetics and Plant Biology), UC Berkeley
Inflation is the leading theory to explain the first instant of the universe, a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang. The case for inflation is building, and now we may have the opportunity to observe the signature of gravitational waves from the inflation event embedded in the cosmic microwave background. If seen, these signals would confirm inflation, point to the correct model for inflation, and, given the high energies involved, teach us about fundamental physics such as quantum gravity and string theory.
Professor Lee will talk about how observations at high mountain top telescopes and satellites are paving the way to understanding the very beginning of the universe.