Wednesday, March 15, 2006

WMAP data release

The experimental cosmologists are awaiting the second data release of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, aka WMAP. The data and papers should be dumped here when it's released tomorrow.

Wayne Hu has a good introduction to the Cosmic Microwave Background and why it's so important to cosmology. More advanced topics are presented here: A Tour of CMB Physics

I gave a talk to Library staff about the CMB a while ago and borrowed Sean Carroll's WMAP beachball for it. The talk was an attempt to explain Crerar Library's exhibit of materials relating to the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI).

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