News, 2011
The proposal for our new Physics Frontier Center -- Pushing Cosmology to the Edge -- has been funded by NSF
August 18, 2011
Physics Frontier Center team, KICP.
Our Center will push cosmology to the edge - to reveal and clarify the new physics underpinning it or to find the flaw within the current paradigm, either way transforming cosmology and particle physics.
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:
  • Inflation - John Carlstrom and Scott Dodelson;
  • Dark Energy: Joshua Frieman and Wayne Hu;
  • Dark Matter: Juan Collar and Rocky Kolb;
  • Fellows: Stephan Meyer and Daniel Holz;
  • Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors: Angela Olinto and Lian-Tao Wang;
  • Education, Outreach, and Diversity: Daniel Holz and Randall Landsberg;
  • Detector Development: Paolo Privitera;
  • Computational Cosmology: Andrey Kravtsov.

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
PFC3 Collaboration Meeting
PFC held a kick off meeting on September 26 with 40 co-investigators, key collaborators, executive committee members and KICP Fellows attending. The purpose of the all-day meeting was to get the Pushing Cosmology to the Edge PFC off to a quick start.

Meeting agenda:
8:00AM - 8:45AM
Breakfast
8:45AM - 9:45AM
Welcome: Michael Turner and John E. Carlstrom
9:45AM - 10:10AM
Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors: Angela Olinto and Lian-Tao Wang
10:10AM - 10:35AM
Break
10:35AM - 11:00AM
Education, Outreach, and Diversity: Daniel Holz and Randall Landsberg
11:00AM - 11:25AM
Fellows: Daniel Holz and Stephan Meyer
11:25AM - 11:50AM
Detector Development: Paolo Privitera
11:50AM - 12:15PM
Dark Energy: Joshua Frieman and Wayne Hu
12:15PM - 1:30PM
Lunch
1:30PM - 1:55PM
Dark Matter: Juan Collar and Edward Kolb
1:55PM - 2:20PM
Inflation: John Carlstrom and Scott Dodelson
2:20PM - 2:45PM
Computational Cosmology: Andrey Kravtsov
2:45PM - 3:15PM
Break
3:15PM - 4:30PM
MA Break-out groups
4:30PM - 6:00
Reception

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011
October 4, 2011
Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt, Adam G. Riess
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" with one half to Saul Perlmutter and the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess.Learn more >>

Dr. Phil Barbeau has been named co-winner of the 2012 DNP Dissertation Award
November 1, 2011
Phil performs dark matter detector calibrations at the Kansas State University nuclear reactor as part of his thesis work.
Dr. Phil Barbeau has been named co-winner of the 2012 dissertation prize awarded by the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, for his work "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.