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Welcome to the KICP seminars page! This seminar series is hosted by the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Our goal is to give early career scientists a venue to share their work and connect to the KICP and UChicago community. We invite speakers from all over who have interest in understanding the evolution of the Universe and it's laws. This includes topics in CMB, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Astroparticle Physics, Structure Formation, and beyond.

Organizers:
Keisuke Inomata, KICP Fellow Bio | Contact
Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, KICP & NSF Fellow Bio | Contact
Lucas Secco, KICP Fellow Bio | Contact
Michael Zevin, KICP & Hubble Fellow Bio | Contact
Alexander Ji, Faculty Advisor Bio | Contact

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January 20, 2022

Julian B. Muñoz (Harvard)
Title: Cosmic Dawn: The next frontier in cosmology
Abstract: In this talk I will describe how the cosmic-dawn era, which saw the formation of the first galaxies, holds a wealth of information about cosmology. The light from the first galaxies kickstarted the last major phase transition of our cosmos, as it went from cold and neutral to hot and ionized. This transition will soon be mapped by 21-cm and space telescopes, providing us with a new window to test dark matter and measure the expansion rate. I will provide a brief pedagogical introduction to 21-cm cosmology, and present the first results from the HERA experiment, focusing on their implications. I will also show how to use data from 21-cm as well as from the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes to measure the small-scale structure of dark matter beyond the reach of other observables. Finally, I will explain how velocity-induced acoustic oscillations (VAOs) provide us with a new standard ruler, which allows us to measure the expansion rate of our cosmos at z=10-20.

January 27, 2022

Daniel Gilman (University of Toronto)

February 3, 2022

Thomas Callister (Flatiron institute)

February 10, 2022

YueYing Ni (CMU)

February 17, 2022

John Hood (UChicago/Vanderbilt)

February 24, 2022

Alvine Kamaha (UCLA)

March 3, 2022

Giovanni Cabass (IAS)

March 10, 2022

Andorina Nocola (Princeton)

Past events

December 9, 2021

Maria Vincenzi (Duke), Present and future of SN Ia cosmology: from the Dark Energy Survey to the Vera Rubin Observatory
Flyer

December 2, 2021

Carles Sanchez (Penn), Pushing the limits of the Dark Energy Survey: Selecting and characterizing high redshift galaxy samples for optimal CMB lensing cross-correlations
Flyer Presentation

November 11, 2021

Morgane Konig (MIT & Dartmouth College), A theory of Hybrid monodromy inflation with two fields
Flyer Presentation

November 4, 2021

Ken Ng (MIT), Search for ultralight bosons and primordial black holes with a population of binary black holes – the present and the future
Flyer Presentation

October 28, 2021

Arianna Long (UC Irvine), Missing Giants: The First Massive Galaxies Are Dust-Obscured
Flyer

October 21, 2021

Anna Ho (UC Berkeley), The Landscape of Relativistic Stellar Explosions
Flyer Presentation

October 14, 2021

Sophie Schroeder (Niels Bohr Institute), Open questions in formation of compact binary star systems
Flyer

May 13, 2021

Arianna Renzini (Caltech), Mapping gravitational-wave backgrounds: investigations in LIGO and prospects for LISA
Flyer | Presentation

May 6, 2021

Ben Thorne (UCSD), A Bayesian approach to CMB lensing reconstruction and galactic foreground removal
Flyer

April 29, 2021

Jose Luis Bernal (Johns Hopkins), The trouble with H0 (and beyond)
Flyer | Presentation

April 22, 2021

Katelin Schutz (MIT), Making dark matter out of light: the cosmology of sub-MeV freeze-in
Flyer | Podcast interview Audio Video

April 15, 2021

Joshua Speagle (University of Toronto), Cosmological cartography with photometric redshifts
Flyer | Podcast interview Audio Video

April 8, 2021

Mikhail Ivanov (NYU), Fundamental cosmology from galaxy clustering
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

March 18, 2021

Vincent Vennin (APC, Paris University), Quantum diffusion during cosmic inflation
Flyer | Presentation

March 4, 2021

Greg Mosby (NASA), Simplifying the analysis of galaxy star formation histories and near-infrared detectors
Flyer

February 25, 2021

Pranava Teja Surukuchi (Yale), Direct measurement of neutrino mass with the Project 8 Experiment
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

February 18, 2021

Djuna Croon (TRIUMF), New physics and the black hole mass gap
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

February 11, 2021

Anna-Christina Eilers (MIT), The formation and growth of supermassive black Holes
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

February 4, 2021

Suhail Dhawan (Stockholm/KICC, Cambridge), Cosmology with Type Ia Supernovae: A view from the Zwicky Transient Facility
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

January 28, 2021

Giuseppe Puglisi (UC Berkeley), Extending Galactic foreground models for CMB with adversarial networks
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

January 21, 2021

Yun-Ting Cheng (Caltech), Cosmology and astrophysics with intensity mapping
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

December 10, 2020

Christina Gao (Fermilab), Axion searches with two superconducting radio frequency cavities
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

December 3, 2020

Weishuang (Linda) Xu (Harvard), Thermal dark sectors in the early and late Universe
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

November 12, 2020

Brittany Kamai (UC Santa Cruz/Caltech), Envisioning and creating the future of gravitational-wave astrophysics
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

November 5, 2020

Brandon Hensley (Princeton), New perspectives on polarized dust foregrounds for CMB science
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

October 29, 2020

Nicholas Rodd (UC Berkeley), Evidence the 3.5 keV line is not from dark matter decay
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

October 22, 2020

Austin Schneider (MIT), IceCube and the high-energy neutrino landscape
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

October 15, 2020

Cynthia Chiang (McGill), Illuminating the dark universe with radio observations
Flyer | Presentation | Podcast interview Audio Video

October 8, 2020

Igor Andreoni (Caltech), Results from triggered and un-triggered searches for counterparts to neutron star mergers
Flyer | Presentation