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2021-09 NITheCS Mini-School: Martin Bucher, Mapping the Initial Conditions of the Universe: Exploring the Cosmic Microwave Background
2021-09 NITheCS Mini-School

Martin Bucher
(University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; Laboratoire APC, University of Paris; LPENS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Mapping the Initial Conditions of the Universe: Exploring the Cosmic Microwave Background

A major goal of modern astronomy is to simulate our universe numerically
from its beginnings to the present day in order to confront our theoretical
understanding with the observations. Carrying out this program requires
knowledge of the initial conditions, and somewhat surprisingly,
more is known about the very early universe, in which these initial
conditions can be characterized with great precision, than about the Dark Ages and Cosmic Dawn when the first stars and quasars appeared, epochs which will soon be explored by the SKA.

I will explain how observations of the 2.73 K cosmic microwave background
(CMB) radiation have allowed us to map out precisely the initial conditions of the universe, thus establishing an observational foundation for modern cosmology. These four lectures will cover both theory and observation.

Lecture 1: Homogeneous and Isotropic Cosmological Models and their Perturbations

Lecture 2: Physics of the Cosmic Microwave Background

Lecture 3: Observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background

Lecture 4: Unfinished Business: Searching for Primordial Gravitation Waves From Inflation

Bio: Martin Bucher is CNRS Directeur de recherche based at the Université de Paris and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France and also Fractional Professor of Physics at UKZN. Bucher made numerous contributions to theoretical cosmology and worked on the European Space Agency's Planck Mission, which mapped the CMB sky in both temperature and polarization. Bucher was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology as part of the Planck team.
Sep 21, 2021 02:00 PM
Sep 28, 2021 02:00 PM
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Martin Bucher
Prof @UKZN; University of Paris; ENS (Paris)
Martin Bucher is CNRS Directeur de recherche based at the Université de Paris and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France and also Fractional Professor of Physics at UKZN. Bucher made numerous contributions to theoretical cosmology and worked on the European Space Agency's Planck Mission, which mapped the CMB sky in both temperature and polarization. Bucher was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology as part of the Planck team. Before settling in France, Bucher was SW Hawking Fellow of Mathematical Sciences and College Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and has held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, and the CN Yang Institute of Theoretical Physics. He received his PhD from Caltech under the direction of John Preskill.