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"The Past, Present, and Future of 21cm Cosmology"

Adrian Liu , UC Berkeley
[Host: Peter Arnold]

In the next few years, low-frequency radio telescopes will use the 21cm line of neutral hydrogen to make unprecedentedly large maps of our observable Universe. These will provide exquisite constraints on the properties of the first stars and galaxies. Along these lines, I will review recent results from the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER) experiment, which have begun to shed light on heating processes in the early universe. I will also discuss how comparing theory and observations will become difficult as one enters the regime of “big data” and theoretical models become increasingly complicated. I will describe how machine learning techniques make such comparisons computationally feasible. Finally, I will discuss the recently commenced Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) experiment, including its forecasted ability to constrain fundamental parameters such as the neutrino mass. Looking to the future, I will highlight additional opportunities to constrain cosmology and particle physics using the 21cm line.


Monday, February 27, 2017
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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