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postdoctoral fellows

Christine HartzellAbigail Crites
2013 Postdoctoral Fellow

Constraining Inflation with Measurements of the CMB Polarization with BICEP3

"My research is centered on the development of new polarization-sensitive instruments for the measurement of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) and the analysis of data from these instruments. Such measurements will significantly enhance our understanding of fundamental physics, cosmology and the large-scale structure of the universe. In particular, the search for the inflationary B-mode polarization is vitally important because it is one of the few experimental probes of inflation and as such could lead to a new understanding of fundamental physics. I propose to improve our understanding of cosmology through the analysis of polarization data from ongoing surveys as well as through the development of the new instrumentation and technology necessary for next generation receivers. I will build on my experience developing the South Pole Telescope polarization sensitive camera (the SPT-POL instrument) at the University of Chicago in order to play a key role in the technological advances, engineering, and planning needed for a successful construction of a next generation experiment for CMB polarization, BICEP3." (August 2013)