Webinar ‘Seeing the beginning: the Cosmic Microwave Background and what it can tell us about our Universe’

Date & timeTuesday, 28 July 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Tuesday, 28 July 4:30pm
Event type Webinar

Join us for our inaugural Trinity Hall webinar featuring Trinity Hall alumnus, Dr Blake Sherwin (2004), and University Lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).

The webinar will take place at 5.30pm (BST) on Tuesday 28 July and will last 35 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A at the end. There is no charge to attend however booking is required. The webinar will be hosted using Zoom.

Title

‘Seeing the beginningthe Cosmic Microwave Background and what it can tell us about our Universe’ by Dr Blake Sherwin (2004)

Summary

By studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB), we can look back in time and reveal the fiery early Universe when it was only 0.003% of its present age. In this talk, I will discuss how, by studying the CMB, we can find out about the origin, composition, and ultimate fate of our Universe. I will also explain some of the current research in this field, such as our search for primordial gravitational waves that would give us new insights into what happened in the very beginning.

Biography

Blake, who is an alumnus of Trinity Hall (matriculating in 2004) is a theoretical and observational cosmologist who currently works as a University Lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMPT). He has research interests across CMB and large-scale structure, with a particular focus on measurements of the gravitational lensing of the CMB.

Career history:

  • 2017-present: University Lecturer, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-present: STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: NASA Einstein Fellow, Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • 2013-2016: Miller Research Fellow, Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2008-2013: Ph.D. in Physics, Princeton University
  • 2004-2008: Part III Mathematics and Parts I/II NST Physics, University of Cambridge

How to register

Online: Online registration is available – please click here.

By email: Contact alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

You will receive the joining instructions by 4.30pm (BST) on Tuesday 28 July which will include the link to Zoom. If you have not received the link by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Contact

If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 332550.