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December 16–19

International conference on “B-mode from Space” at MPA

December 12

Perspektivenkommission, Berlin-Dahlem

December  6

Universität Bonn

November 12–14

Fachbeirat, MPA

October 24,25

Sektionssitzung, Berlin-Dahlem

October 9–12

Universität Bonn

September 24

Astrophysics Seminar at Département dAstrophysique, CEA Saclay

September 20

Perspektivenkommission, Berlin-Dahlem

September 13


September 6

Universität zu Köln for 「第4回ドイツ物理学・応用物理学セミナー」

September 2–6

COSMO-19, RWTH Aachen

July 26–August 11

Urlaub! No laptop, no email

  • 7/26: MUC(11:05)-HEL(14:35)
  • 8/1: HEL(15:20)-MUC(16:50)

July 23

Perspektivenkommission, München

June 11–July 19

SISSA, Trieste

May 27

Cambridge [unless Brexit goes wild]

May 23,24


  • 5/23: MUC()-CGN()
  • 5/24: Give a colloquium on “Finding Cosmic Inflation” 
    • Abstract: The cosmic microwave background (CMB) research told us a remarkable story: the structure we see in our Universe such as galaxies, stars, planets, and eventually ourselves originated from tiny quantum fluctuations generated in the early Universe. With the WMAP we have confirmed many of the key predictions of inflation including flatness and statistical homogeneity of our Universe, Gaussianity and adiabaticity of primordial density fluctuations, and a small but non-zero deviation from the scale-invariant spectrum of density fluctuations. Yet, the extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence. The last prediction of inflation that is yet to be confirmed is the existence of primordial gravitational waves whose wavelength can be as big as billions of light years. To this end we have proposed to JAXA a new satellite mission called LiteBIRD, whose primary scientific goal is to find signatures of gravitational waves in the polarisation of the CMB. In this presentation we describe the current state of affairs regarding our understanding of the early Universe, physics of polarisation of CMB, the LiteBIRD proposal, as well as a sub-mm telescope in Chile called CCAT-p that we are currently building. 
    • CGN()-MUC()

May 20

Astro-NFDI discussion, AIP, Potsdam [10:00-17:00]

May 15,16

Editorial Board Meeting of AARv, Heidelberg

May 14

Perspektivenkommission, Berlin-Dahlem

May 10

“Working Culture and Working Atmosphere in the Max Planck Society” Task Force meeting at Harnack Haus, Berlin-Dahlem [10:00-13:00]

May 8

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

March 26–April 24

Kavli IPMU, Kashiwa, Japan

March 21,22

LiteBIRD Europe Collaboration Meeting (9:00 March 21 to 17:00 March 22)

March 20

Perspektivenkommission, Berlin-Dahlem

  • 3/20: MUC(8:00)-TXL(9:10); TXL(18:30)-MUC(19:40)

March 1-9


February 21,22

Sektionssitzung, Berlin-Dahlem

  • 2/21: MUC(7:45)-TXL(8:55)
  • 2/22: TXL(14:30)-MUC(15:40)

February 11

ESO Knowledge Exchange on CMB [10:45-11:45]

February 9


January 31

Colloquium at Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), Univ. of Portsmouth

  • 1/30: MUC(9:40)-LGW(10:45); Gatwick Airport(11:39)-Portsmouth&Southsea(13:01)
  • 1/31: Give a colloquium on “Non-Gaussian gravitational waves from inflation” [14:30-15:30]
    • Abstract: It has been widely assumed that detection of primordial gravitational waves from inflation in, for example, B-mode polarisation of the cosmic microwave background, immediately implies discovery of the quantum nature of spacetime. While this statement is true for the vacuum solution, it does not apply if the gravitational waves originate from the matter fields. How can we distinguish between these two origins? The answer is non-Gaussinaity. We show that the gravitational waves from SU(2) gauge fields coupled to a spectator axion field during inflation are highly non-Gaussian with a characteristic shape, whereas those from the vacuum are only weakly non-Gaussian.
  • 2/1: Portsmouth&Southsea(10:15)-Gatwick Airport(11:38); LGW(13:35)-MUC(16:30)

Canceled due to illness. Not a great start of the new year...

January 25

Physikalisches Kolloquium at Universität Bonn on “Critical Tests of Theory of the Early Universe using the Cosmic Microwave Background”  [15:15-17:00]

  • 1/25: MUC(11:30)-CGN(12:35)
  • 1/26: CGN(10:15)-MUC(11:20)

January 23,24

Perspektivenkommission, Zugspitze 

  • 1/23: München Hbf(9:32)-Garmisch-Partenkirchen(10:54); Zugspitzbahn(11:15)-SonnAlpin(12:28)
  • 1/24: SonnAlpin(15:30)-Zugspitzbahn(16:50); Garmisch-Partenkirchen(17:05)-München Hbf(18:26)

January 21,22

ESTEC, for the kick-off meeting of ESA Cosmic Vision 2050 Senior Committee

  • 1/21: MUC(14:35)-AMS(16:10)
  • 1/22: AMS(19:55)-MUC(21:15)

January 10

Back to normal life...

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