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The proposal for our new Physics Frontier Center -- Pushing Cosmology to the Edge -- has been funded by NSF
August 18, 2011
Michael S. Turner, Director
John E. Carlstrom, Deputy Director
The "Pushing Cosmology to the Edge" PFC at the KICP comprises 8 Major Activities led by the 13 co-Is:
Five research Hubs bring together scientists and projects - from within the PFC and around the world - to get at the new physics underlying inflation, dark energy and dark matter. Initially, four major projects anchor the PFC: Chicagoland Observatory for Underground Particle Physics (COUPP), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the South Pole Telescope (SPT), and Q/U Imaging Experiment (QUIET).
Detector Development and Computational Cosmology are cross-cutting, science-enabling activities. The Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors MA will engage the larger cosmology community, and the Education, Outreach, & Diversity MA will provide opportunities for all PFC members to broaden the impact of their research. The KICP Fellows are the centerpiece of the PFC, and the opportunities afforded them by the PFC will prepare them to be teacher/scholars and future leaders in cosmology.
Staff: Valeri Galtsev (Sr System Administrator), Elena Galtseva (Web Developer), Aimee Giles (Travel & Symposium Event Coordinator), Helen C. Pates (Department Administrator), and Mary Wawro (Business Manager).
PFC3 Collaboration Meeting
September 27, 2011
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011
October 4, 2011
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Dr. Phil Barbeau has been named co-winner of the 2012 DNP Dissertation Award
November 1, 2011
"Neutrino and astroparticle physics with P-type point contact high purity germanium detectors" done as a KICP graduate student on the CoGeNT dark matter and MAJORANA double-beta decay experiments. In the image, Phil performs dark matter detector calibrations at the Kansas State University nuclear reactor as part of his thesis work. Phil presently works as a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University, as part of the EXO experiment.