May 11, 2000 CfA Colloquium

Title: The First 10-36 Seconds

Speaker: Marc Kamionkowski

Abstract: Recent experimental results suggest that we are on the right track with inflation, an idea---rooted in particle theory---for understanding the smoothness of the Universe and the origin of the expansion. I will explain how Future measurements, such as those of the polarization of the cosmic microwave, may help elucidate the new physics responsible for inflation.

Reference for students: "The Cosmic Microwave Background and Particle Physics," Marc Kamionkowski and Arthur Kosowsky, Annual Reviews of Nuclear and Particle Science 49, 77 (1999). (astro-ph/9904108)
lunch on Thursday 5/11 at 12:00 in the classroom.