Observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background, the radiation left over from the Big Bang, is the most important data set in cosmology. It has already revealed the universe’s age, its rate of expansion, how much matter it contains, and when the first stars and galaxies formed, as well as beginning to pin down dark matter and energy.
In his inaugural lecture, Professor Carlo Contaldi reflects on 20 years analysing the CMB. As well as helping explain why the universe look the way it does, he will also discuss its impact on astronomy itself – broadening the field’s ambitions beyond discovering and naming stars and galaxy, to mapping the entire universe, and using it to describe fundamental physics.
Carlo Contaldi is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. Carlo carried out his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Imperial. On completion of his PhD Carlo held positions as a
postdoctoral fellow and then a senior research associate at the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. In 2005 he moved back to Imperial as a Lecturer in the Physics Department.
His research interests cover many topics in cosmology ranging from theoretical modeling of alternative theories of gravity to the analysis of a number of ground breaking Cosmic Microwave Background experiments.
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