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Press Conference Today on B-Mode Polarization of Cosmic Microwave Background

Press Release From: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) will host a press conference at 12:00 noon EDT (16:00 UTC) today to present the first results from the BICEP2 experiment, which measures B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background. This finding has major implications for our understanding of the first moments of the universe.

Participants:

-- John Kovac, associate professor of astronomy at Harvard University

-- Clem Pryke, associate professor at the University of Minnesota

-- Jamie Bock, professor of physics at Caltech/JPL

-- Chao-Lin Kuo, assistant professor at Stanford University/SLAC

-- Marc Kamionkowski, professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University

Video of the press conference will be streamed live beginning at 11:55 a.m. EDT from the link at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/news_conferences.html

Reporters watching remotely can ask questions of the participants during the press conference by sending an e-mail to pubaffairs@cfa.harvard.edu. The e-mail should include the reporter’s name and affiliation.

The press conference will take place at Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass. Reporters who want to attend in person should contact Christine Pulliam at cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu or +1 617-495-7463. If you will need a parking pass, please include your license plate number.

The press conference will be preceded by a technical presentation from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. EDT at the same location. Media are invited to attend. The presentation also will be webcast from the link at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/news_conferences.html

The related press release and images will be available at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2014-05

Contacts:

David Aguilar

CfA Public Affairs Director

+1 617-495-7462

daguilar@cfa.harvard.edu

Christine Pulliam

CfA Public Affairs Specialist

+1 617-495-7463

cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu

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