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CMB-S4 Workshop

at Harvard University, Department of Physics

17 Oxford Street,  Cambridge, MA 02138 
August 24 and 25, 2017

Planned Schedule

The CMB-S4 Collaboration Workshop at Harvard (August 2017) will continue the series of open workshops for the CMB observational and theoretical community to define the 'Stage-4' ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiment.  

From the CMB-S4 homepage: "[this experiment], consisting of dedicated telescopes equipped with highly sensitive superconducting cameras operating at the South Pole, the high Chilean Atacama plateau, and possibly northern hemisphere sites, will provide a dramatic leap forward in our understanding of the fundamental nature of space and time and the evolution of the Universe.  CMB-S4 will be designed to cross critical thresholds in testing inflation, determining the number and masses of the neutrinos, constraining possible new light relic particles, providing precise constraints on the nature of dark energy, and testing general relativity on large scales." 

Based on past workshops we expect 100-200 participants, and will meet in lecture halls and rooms of the Harvard Physics department. 

LOC
Denis Barkats, Victor Buza, Irene Coyle, Cora Dvorkin, Kirit Karkare, John Kovac, Mary McCarthy, Nina Zonnevylle

SOC 
Francois Bouchet, John Carlstrom, Tom Crawford, Cora Dvorkin, Scott Dodelson, Kent Irwin, Lloyd Knox, John Kovac, Adrian Lee, Jeff McMahon, Amber Miller, Clem Pryke, Suzanne Staggs

The SOC will develop the workshop program in response to inputs we receive--please contact us with any suggestions.  Specific goals of the current workshop will include:
  • Synchronizing with the CDT so that its October report reflects the community vision.
  • Adding detail to the strawman concept for CMB S4 instrument, survey and operations strategies.
  • Beginning drafting a governance model for the CMB S4 collaboration.
  • Resolving how best to communicate the broad benefits of CMB S4 to a wider astronomy and astrophysics community.
  • Initiating planning for input from the CMB S4 community to the next Decadal Review.