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IAS PROGRAM ON PARTICLE THEORY
What is Left to Learn from the Cosmic Microwave Background?
Prof Subodh Patil, Niels Bohr Institute
Date : 25 Apr 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 2:00 pm
Venue : IAS4042, 4/F, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST

Abstract

To date, the CMB has been our cleanest probe of the physics of the early universe. It is in principle limited in its information content. In the first part of the talk, we survey the prospects for gains in our theoretical understanding of the early universe from exhausting observations of temperature and polarization anisotropies (and possibly measuring spectral distortions) in the near to mid term. In the second part, we present an amusing observation that the CMB can be used to bound (possibly even count) the hidden field content of the universe, since a large number of hidden fields can resume to potentially observable logarithmic runnings in CMB observables in the context of single field inflation, courtesy of a `large N' expansion. Thus, one can convert ever more precise bounds on absence of such effects into bounds on the hidden field content of the universe, with (marginally) interesting implications for a various phenomenological constructions.

About the program

For more information, please refer to the program website http://iasprogram.ust.hk/particle_theory for details.

The seminar is free and open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Enquiries: ias@ust.hk / 2358 5912
http://ias.ust.hk

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