Dave Stancliff An empirical window on the universe at almost the beginning of time? blogarama.com

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

An empirical window on the universe at almost the beginning of time?

Good Day World!

A snapshot of the Big Bang?

Nobel Prize Discovery?

According to scientists the evidence comes from the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole, which captures and analyzes the faint glow left over from the Big Bang.

BICEP2's researchers found a subtle twisty pattern in the polarization of that light, which would be characteristic of primordial gravitational waves.

The results support a concept known as inflationary Big Bang theory, and they can be further analyzed to reconstruct how the Big Bang blew up 13.8 billion years ago.

MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark wrote that "before long, it will lead to at least one Nobel Prize."

"These results are a smoking gun for inflation, because alternative theories do not predict such a signal," Linde said in a news release.

MIT physicist Alan Guth, who is credited with articulating the inflation concept in 1980, told The New York Times that he was "bowled over" by the results.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

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