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Title: In The Beginning: Determining The Initial Conditions Of The Big Bang    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 01/31/2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Matias Zaldarriaga
Affiliation: Institute for Advanced Study
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

We now know that the seeds necessary to form structure in our Universe were in place at the start of the hot big bang phase of our Universe. Thus detailed measurements of the statistical properties of these seeds might shed light on what came before the hot big bang. I will discuss the current state of the subject and recent theoretical results on how best to describe the properties of the initial seeds and what different measurements can teach us about what produced those seeds.