July 9, 2020 to December 31, 2022
Europe/Zurich timezone

Cosmology from the CMB frequency spectrum

Mar 11, 2021, 3:00 PM
1h

Speaker

Prof. Yacine Ali-Haimoud (NYU)

Description

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.

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