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lecture: Detecting echoes from the dawn of time

Nifty technologies that revolutionized astronomy

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Our understanding of the universe has exploded in the past 50 years, largely thanks to incredible advances in detector technology that allow us to precisely measure light and particles of all kinds. This talk will cover how technology has revolutionized the field of astronomy, focusing on some of these detector technologies and the discoveries they made possible. The future of astronomy involves large datasets and big computations. The field is starting to embrace open source software and hardware and the power of the internet to fuel new scientific discoveries.

Almost every great leap in understanding in science was made possible by a new technology. For example, the field of biology changed forever after the microscope revealed the existence of cells. In this talk I will discuss some of the great leaps in technology in astronomy, and what those technologies have allowed us to learn about the nature of the universe.

The focus will be on discoveries made possible by modern detector technologies, using mm wavelength superconducting cryogenic bolometers and the cosmic microwave background as the example.

Moving forward, astronomy is entering an era of big data. Computation is becoming an increasingly important part of astronomy, and as with any new technology, we can expect new scientific discoveries as it becomes mature. The field is starting to embrace open source software and hardware, and the power of the internet to fuel new scientific discoveries.

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Day: 2015-08-17
Start time: 16:00
Duration: 01:00
Room: Project 2501
Track: Science
Language: en

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