9 July 2020 to 31 December 2021
Europe/Zurich timezone

To promote scientific discussions during this pandemic, we are organizing an online seminar series, i.e. Copernicus Webinar Series, seeking the most outstanding speakers to introduce innovative ideas and important progress in the field of gravity and cosmology. This series is named after the famous Polish Astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, whose discovery eventually marked the dawn of modern science.

We would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming 35th Webinar talk,

speaker:         Yacine Ali-Haimoud (NYU)

Time:             11th March, Thursday, 3pm, Krakow time (10 pm Beijing time, 11 pm JST, 9am ET)


Cosmology from the CMB frequency spectrum


The frequency spectrum of the CMB was last measured in the nineties by the FIRAS instrument onboard COBE. It was found to be consistent with a perfect blackbody spectrum, up to <1e-4 relative deviations. Today, there is growing interest in re-exploring in more depth this aspect of the CMB, which is complementary to the well-studied CMB anisotropies. In this talk I will briefly review the physics of CMB spectral distortions, and what signals are guaranteed in the standard cosmological model. Beyond this, I will show how CMB spectral distortions can probe dark matter interactions with standard particles, and could thus help shed light on its nature. Lastly, I will discuss the interplay between the CMB monopole temperature T0 and cosmological parameters (in particular the Hubble constant H0) inferred from CMB anisotropies.


Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/4214801692?pwd=TGxVWHJudnI1S25FbXhERlVDMkN0dz09
meeting id: 421 480 1692
Password: cosmology


This series is co-organised by the cosmology groups in the following institutions (in alphabetical order): 

Harvard University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science, Jagiellonian University, Kyoto University, Leiden University, Ludwig Maximilians University, McGill University, Perimeter Institute, Polish Society on Relativity, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, University of Tokyo, University of Waterloo.


If you would like to suggest speakers, please write to:    chunshan.lin@uj.edu.pl 

your suggestion will be delivered to our Science Organising Committee (SOC).

SOC members (in alphabetical order): Niayesh Afshordi, Robert Brandenberger, Yifu Cai, Xingang Chen, Chunshan Lin, Jerome Martin, Jakub Mielczarek, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Shinji Mukohyama, Subodh Patil,  Misao Sasaki, Wei Song,  Alex Vikman, Yi Wang, Zhong-zhi Xianyu