Simon White (MPA Garching)

Cosmological results from the Planck satellite
When Jun 14, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Colloquium
Where SH, Lecture hall
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ESA's Planck mission is the third generation satellite to study the Cosmic Microwave Background. It has mapped the full sky at nine frequencies spanning a factor of 30 in wavelength with a resolution and sensitivity superior to those of any previous experiment. Results from the nominal 15.5 month mission were released in a set of 28 papers on 21 March 2013. I will present the maps together with highlights of the cosmological results derived from them. These include: (i) the most precise measurements so far of the parameters describing the content and structure of our Universe, (ii) constraints on the physics driving its very early evolution, (iii) some anomalies which may indicate physics beyond our current standard model, and (iv) maps of the distributions of total mass, of baryonic mass and of star-formation in galaxies throughout the entire visible unverse in front of the CMB.

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