Experimental Cosmology: Looking for Dust in the Galactic Plane



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Project Description

Anomalous emission from dust in our galaxy - Our galaxy emits radiation from various processes including synchrotron radiation from energetic charged particles interacting with the galactic magnetic field and the emission from dust grains in interstellar space. There is an anomalous emission from our galaxy that is currently not well explained that we are studying. Understanding this emission is important to unpacking the polarization signal in the CMB which could yield clues as to the presence of gravity waves from the Big Bang and shed light on new physics from the very early universe.

Undergraduate Contribution

Varies depending on current needs.

Requirements/Application Instructions

Physics 21 series; Astro 1 or the SBCC equivalent, and Physics 134 (Observational Astrophysics) a plus