Cosmology

The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole.
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On March 17, 2014, I was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as a guest speaker on astronomy for cruise-ship passengers on a world voyage. After my talk on the nature of the universe, a member of...

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The table below lists prominent journals in a given specialty area according to three separate measures, based on metrics found in...

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Abstract: “We present cosmological parameter constraints based on the final nine-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data, in conjunction with a number of additional cosmological data...

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Abstract: “We report results from the BICEP2 experiment, a cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarimeter specifically designed to search for the signal of inflationary...

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Abstract: “We present cosmological parameter constraints based on the final nine-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data, in conjunction with a number of additional...

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Abstract: “The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment is a dual-phase xenon time-projection chamber operating at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Lead, South Dakota). The LUX...

Underwater antineutrino detectors at the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment in China
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Particle physics is currently going through a period of rapid progress on the puzzle of the origin of mass. On 14 March 2013, news of the tentative confirmation of the Higgs boson, with a mass 250...

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006, is now in the final stage of its journey to Pluto. This is a flyby mission, like the Voyager 1 and 2 missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and...

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The biggest mystery in modern cosmology is to understand why the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery of the acceleration,...

Galaxy photograph
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The Physics Hot Ten currently has five papers on cosmological results from probes and telescopes in space (#1, #2, #3, #8, #10). The quest to understand the nature of the universe continues with...

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The history of astronomy is notable in the present century for the astonishing emergence of a new consensus that releases cosmologists from the wordy debates that have occupied philosophers for...

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) has produced a new, more detailed picture of the infant universe shown in this image released on March 16, 2006.
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Ever since the accidental discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) in 1965, observations of this phenomenon have remained central to progress in cosmology. The Wilkinson Microwave...

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