APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Andrei Frolov (Simon Fraser University)
Title: Modelling Polarized Foregrounds
Date: Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 15:30 - 16:30
Place: Seminar Room B
Abstract: The simple story of primordial gravitational waves produced by inflation sourcing B-modes of Cosmic Microwave Background polarization in reality is complicated by the fact that we are looking through the coloured glass of astrophysical foregrounds originating much closer to home. I will talk about amplitude of primordial B-modes we expect from inflation, characterization of polarized dust foregrounds from Planck Legacy data, and where do we go from here. In particular, I will show new reconstruction of the large-scale galactic magnetic field responsible for the patterns we see in the dust polarization, and explain how it allows accurate modelling of the polarized dust emission for design and analysis of future CMB experiments.