CMB Cosmology with BICEP/Keck and SPT-3G

Wednesday November 25th 2020 @12pm, Zoom Colloquium
Dr Neil Goeckner-Wald KIPAC

Email: ngoecknerwald[@]gmail.com

Abstract

Precision measurements of the anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) have become one of the cornerstones of modern cosmology. One major objective of current CMB experiments is the discovery of a stochastic background of gravitational waves generically produced by theories of cosmic inflation. Such a signal could be detected as an excess of odd-parity polarization in the CMB at degree angular scales. The South Pole Observatory is a coordinated effort between the South Pole Telescope (SPT) and the BICEP/Keck collaborations that will use the synergies of the two experiments to search for this signal in the presence of galactic and gravitational lensing foregrounds with unprecedented sensitivity. In this talk I will discuss some recent and upcoming results from both projects focusing on the search for inflationary gravitational waves in the CMB.


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