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Physics Research Conference

Thursday, April 28, 2016
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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East Bridge 201 (Richard P. Feynman Lecture Hall)
String Theory and the CMB
Liam McAllister, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University,

I will explain how observations of the very early universe give us a window on quantum gravity. The broad-brush predictions of inflationary cosmology agree beautifully with all measurements, but the microphysical laws underlying inflation are still unknown. I will show why these laws must be rooted in a theory of quantum gravity, such as string theory. I will then describe what we can learn about quantum gravity by detecting, or setting limits on, the imprints of quantum fluctuations of the gravitational field in B-mode polarization of the CMB.

For more information, please contact Sheri Stoll by phone at 395-6608 or by email at [email protected] or visit http://pmaweb.caltech.edu/~physcoll/PhysColl.html.