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The Origin of the Universe and Its Ultimate Fate

Professor Hans Paar

The age and origins of the universe have been the focus of intensified interest since 1964, when Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias discovered what is now called the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), electromagnetic radiation that is believed to be left over from the Big Bang and that holds information about the creation of the universe. This lecture will discuss data from specific aspects of the CMB that help us understand the mass distribution and gravitational waves at the earliest stages of the universe. The talk will also explain what these effects teach us about how the universe formed and where it might be headed.

Instructor: Hans Paar is Professor of Physics and a member of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UC San Diego. He is also a member of the POLARBEAR team, whose telescope is located in Chile at an elevation of 17,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. Paar’s main research interest is in the CMB.

Coordinator: Jerry Kent

Course Number: OSHR-70033   Credit: 0 units

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