Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 3:30pm
We live in a universe whose properties are remarkably well described by a very early epoch of accelerating expansion, termed inflation. One generic prediction of inflation is a relic background of stochastic gravitational radiation. These tensor metric perturbations leave a distinctive imprint in the polarization of the microwave background. In March 2014, the BICEP experiment at the South Pole announced the detection of this signal for the first time, although subsequent analysis cast doubt on whether polarized emission from dust in the Milky Way galaxy might be contaminating the signal.
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 3:30pm
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 3:30pm
Title and abstract forthcoming. Faculty host: Prof. Emeritus Horst Meyer. Refreshments will be served before and after the event in room 128.
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 3:30pm
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Observe the sky through modern 10" telescopes, guided
by Duke physicists. Everyone welcome. Weather dependent
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 3:30pm
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:30pm
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 3:30pm