KICP Colloquia
KICP Wednesday Colloquia - Usually Wednesdays, 3 PM, BSLC 001, unless otherwise specified. Reception starts at 4 PM in LASR conference room. For more information visit the KICP website.

Current & Future KICP Colloquia
DateTalk TitleSpeaker
April 22, 2015Building a Galactic Scale Gravitational Wave ObservatoryMaura McLaughlin, West Virginia University

Past KICP Colloquia
DateTalk TitleSpeaker
March 18, 2015Baryon Acoustic Oscillations: A Robust and Precise Route to the Cosmological Distance ScaleDaniel J. Eisenstein, Harvard University
March 4, 2015Overview of the 2015 Planck full mission resultsJean-Loup L Puget, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, univeresite Paris Sud
February 18, 2015Sterile Neutrinos in Particle Physics and CosmologyScott Dodelson, University of Chicago
February 4, 2015Baryogenesis and New PhysicsCarlos Wagner, University of Chicago/Argonne

Baryogenesis and New Physics
February 4, 2015 | BSLC 001 | 3:00 PM
Carlos Wagner, University of Chicago/Argonne

Although physical reality seems to be well described by the Standard Models of Particle Physics and Cosmology, there are many open questions that do not have a direct answer within this framework. An important one is why is there Matter and not Antimatter in the Universe. The conditions for a dynamical generation of the asymmetry between matter and antimatter (baryogenesis) are well known, but cannot be fulfilled within the Standard Models framework. I will explain what are the basic conditions that must be fulfilled for baryogenesis to occur, some general classes of models in which baryogenesis is realized and the possible tests of these models in the near future.

Sterile Neutrinos in Particle Physics and Cosmology
February 18, 2015 | BSLC 001 | 3:00 PM
Scott Dodelson, University of Chicago

The matter particle with the smallest mass, the neutrino, is also the most abundant in the Universe. Since their discovery, neutrinos have continually surprised us. Every time we think we understand the full scope of neutrino physics, data prove us wrong. We now understand the full scope of neutrino physics and can explain almost all observations with a simple 3-flavor model. Will upcoming data from accelerators and the cosmos prove us wrong yet again?

Overview of the 2015 Planck full mission results
March 4, 2015 | BSLC 001 | 3:00 PM
Jean-Loup L Puget, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, univeresite Paris Sud

The Planck collaboration has released the results from the full mission including polarisation. The Planck space mission has fulfilled its initial goal of extracting essentially all the cosmological information in the temperature map of the Cosmic Microwave Background. It has also detected the polarisation cosmological signals with unprecedented sensitivity over the whole sky.
The Planck mission performances will be illustrated by some spectacular improvements in calibration and reduction of polarized sytematic effects. The Planck view of the polarized microwave sky will be presented. The extreme stability of the L-CDM cosmological parameters determined either from the temperature or polarization data is leading to a « standard cosmolgy model ». This includes also parameters related to the primordial universe physics. The polarised foreground emission from interstellar dust has been mapped with a spectacular accuracy. The claim for detection of primordial gravity waves from the BICEP2 team using CMB data aquired from south pole will be discussed in the light of the dust B modes signal observed by Planck and the recent BICEP2-Plkanck paper. The future of the search for primordial B modes will be discussed.

Baryon Acoustic Oscillations: A Robust and Precise Route to the Cosmological Distance Scale
March 18, 2015 | BSLC 001 | 3:00 PM
Daniel J. Eisenstein, Harvard University

I will discuss how the acoustic oscillations that propagate in the photon-baryon fluid during the first million years of the Universe provide a robust method for measuring the cosmological distance scale. The distance that the sound can travel can be computed to high precision and creates a signature in the late-time clustering of matter that serves as a standard ruler. Galaxy clustering results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey reveal this feature, giving geometric distances to a wide range of redshifts and producing an accurate measurement of the abundance of dark energy. I will review our recent work on the theory and practice of the acoustic oscillation method and our latest cosmology results from SDSS-III on the expansion history of the Universe.

Building a Galactic Scale Gravitational Wave Observatory
April 22, 2015 | BSLC 001 | 3:00 PM
Maura McLaughlin, West Virginia University