“Looking Back in Time From the Top of the Atmosphere”
Presented by: Dr. Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Comstock Fund
Monday, Feb. 27
Science Lab 118 at 7:30 p.m.
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud is an NSF postdoctoral fellow working in the Miller CMB Group at Columbia University, where she is working on EBEX, a balloon-borne CMB polarization experiment.
Miller CMB Group is an experimental cosmology research group specializing in measuring the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) in order to further understand the origin and evolution of the universe.
Reichborn-Kjennerud has used observations of the CMB to understand what the universe is made of, how old it is, and how it came to look like it does today. The next generation of CMB experiments may reveal what the universe was like when it was just a fraction of a second old.
Reichborn-Kjennerud will provide an overview of what the CMB is, what we can learn from it, and how we can study it using a telescope hanging from a balloon at the top of our stratosphere.