October 1, 2014 CAS Meeting at McCormick Observatory

whittleUVA Professor Mark Whittle

The Cosmic Microwave Background: A Window on Inflation?

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) has made headline news many times over the past few years, and with good reason. The CMB comes from hot gas that was glowing at a time when the Universe was so young that most of its fundamental qualities were still simple and understandable and, most importantly, visible in the CMB’s subtle patchy patterns. In this CAS talk, I will review why the CMB gives us so much information about the universe, including the recent claims that it has revealed for the first time evidence for the cosmic birth process itself: inflation.

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at McCormick Observatory.

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