Theory seminar: Why BICEP matters

Øystein Elgarøy, UiO

On March 17th this year the team behind the BICEP2 experiment announced the discovery of so-called B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background radiation at large angular scales. There is some tension between their claim and the results from the Planck satellitte, but I will assume that it is correct and try to explain why it is important. What is the link between B-mode polarization and the physics of the very early Universe? 

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