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CMB Astrophysics Research Program

UC Berkeley - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor George Smoot's group conducts research on the early Universe (cosmology) using the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) and other astrophysical sources. These investigations are directed towards realizing a variety of science goals regarding CMB. Post doctoral, Graduate and undergraduate student, and other job opportunities, pending funding, are available in the various research projects.

Flash: 4 June 2003 Prof. Smoot awarded Einstein Medal in Bern.


COBE: satellite data analysis on the anisotropy and spectrum of the cosmic microwave background and on infrared emission from Galactic and extragalactic sources
 Implications of COBE described in plain English .
MAX, MAXIMA and BOOMERANG: balloon-borne CMB anisotropy high resolution mapping experiments and the new MAXIPOL balloon-borne CMB polarization instrument version.
New Results from MAXIMA

Planck Surveyor: formerly called COBRAS/SAMBA is a satellite proposed to extend the COBE DMR work.
It completed Phase A feasibility study in May 1996, and has been selected for a mission by ESA (European Space Agency) in July 1996.
CMB Data Processing, Analysis and Computing: is a major effort in collaboration with COMBAT and work work utilizing the NERSC Supercomputer Center.
CMB Foreground Estimation and Realistic Modeling including the FORECAST and WOMBAT collaborations.
GEM: the Galactic Emission Mapping project. A radio survey of Galactic emission.
SNAP satellite project to determine many cosmological parameters and do related astrophysics. SNAPsat
Neutrino Astrophysics: Projects designed to detect high energy neutrino such as IceCube .
Former Projects: such as the U2 jet aircraft borne experiment that detected the CMB dipole anisotropy and this one to measure the long wavelength spectrum of the cosmic microwave background. This was done at a number of sites including the South Pole pictured there.

Education / Outreach / Visitor page
This section contains a variety of information, such as topics related to cosmology and astrophysics, directions on how to get to the lab, and where you might be able to apply in order to become a visiting employee for a group here at LBNL.
The Smoot Astrophysics Group and its Personnel are associated with several different institutions:

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