Brookhaven Forum 2013
"Cosmology Beyond Power Spectra"
Presented by Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2 pm
Berkner Hall Auditorium
Hosted by: Anze Slosar
The vast majority of the wealth of cosmological information we have has come from power spectra (or equivalently, two-point correlation function, for the CMB temperature and for the mass distribution in the Universe today. But there is far more that can be sought in the future with the deluge of data from current and forthcoming surveys. I will discuss how the data can be used to look for new fields during inflation; to test geometrically for their properties; to seek parity breaking in the early and late Universe; to look for exotic dark-energy physics; to inquire about nontrivial cosmic topologies; to identify preferred-frame effects; etc. I will also draw connections to some of the possible CMB anomalies.