About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

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The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Paris Gordon at 510-486-4903 pcgordon@lbl.gov

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Kimmy Wu (KICP Chicago) – Delensing, Neural Networks, the H_0 problem — a perspective from the CMB

December 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) contains a wealth of information about the early and the late universe. In this talk, I will focus on the search of primordial gravitational waves. Specifically, I will talk about “delensing” — constraining the lensing component in the CMB B-mode maps that we might reduce the soon-to-be major uncertainty of the r measurement in the BICEP/Keck experiments. For next-generation CMB experiments, we will need higher signal-to-noise estimates of the lensing potential beyond the commonly-used quadratic estimator approach today for delensing. I will discuss a method to extract the lensing field using a convolutional neural network (1810.01483), that approaches maximum-likelihood lensing estimates in a broad range of angular scales. If I have time, I will discuss the “H_0 problem”, where the inferred expansion rate of the universe from the CMB (and a couple other probes) are significantly lower than direct measurements. I will look at it from the sound horizon perspective (1811.00537) and show how data from the South Pole telescope can probe potential new physics.


December 14, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Sessler Conference Room CA

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Paris Gordon. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Paris Gordon.