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Monday, November 13th 2017
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Karl Young, UMN
Subject: Optical Design of PICO - The Probe of Inflation and Cosmic Origins

The Probe of Inflation and Cosmic Origins (PICO) is a mission concept study for a Probe-class NASA mm-wave satellite. By mapping the full sky in temperature and polarization, PICO would probe the physics of the Big Bang and the energy scale of inflation, constrain the sum of neutrino masses and measure the growth of structure, map the history of reionization, and shed new light on the role of magnetic fields in galactic evolution and star formation. I will present the current optical design of PICO and discuss the design process that led to this version. Additionally I will present a white noise model of the instrument and estimated mission sensitivity.

Faculty Host: Shaul Hanany

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