What would it have been like to witness the Big Bang?
The Science & Engineering Library is pleased to announce the first in a series of lectures by faculty from the Physics Department, featuring Dr. Brian Keating speaking on “Going to the Ends of the Earth to Glimpse the Beginnings of Time: Studying the Big Bang from the World’s Extremes.”
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Science & Engineering Library, Events Room
The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register here.
What was the Big Bang really like? Over the past decade sensitive astronomical telescopes have revealed the properties of the universe to unprecedented precision. Yet many mysteries remain. Foremost among them concerns the actual Big Bang itself. What would it have been like to be a witness to the Big Bang? How can we understand the mysterious nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which pervade our universe? UC San Diego Professor of Physics Dr. Brian Keating, and his team of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs, have developed extremely powerful, cutting-edge telescopes that promise to reveal the origin and composition of the universe with exquisite precision. UC San Diego’s telescopes are currently observing from the South Pole, Antarctica (9000 foot altitude) and at 17,000 feet in the Chilean Atacama desert. Professor Keating will discuss these exciting experiments and the challenges of doing extreme astronomy in the Earth’s most remote locations.
Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UCSD’s Department of Physics and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. He and his team of 15 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs develop sensitive instrumentation to study the early universe in the radio-, microwave- and infrared-wavelength regimes of the electromagnetic spectrum. He is the author of nearly 100 scientific publications and holds a U.S. Patent for a microwave polarization modulator. Brian Keating received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2000. Later, he did his postdoctoral research at Stanford University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech before coming to UCSD in 2004. In 2007 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President George W. Bush for his work on a telescope he designed and fielded at the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station. Presently, Professor Keating is one of the leaders of a collaboration operating a telescope in the Atacama Desert of Chile called “POLARBEAR”. He is also a private pilot with single and multi-engine instrument ratings and enjoys his frequent flights above California’s beautiful landscapes.