What's New 2006

February 24-Mar 1
  • 2/24,25 AUS-IAH-AMS-MUC
  • 2/26-3/1 MPE Dark Energy Meeting at the Schloss Ringberg.

March 10-17
  • 3/10,11 AUS-IAH-NRT
  • 3/12 Takarazuka
  • 3/13,14 NAOJ Dark Energy Meeting at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
  • 3/15,16 Takarazuka
  • 3/17 NRT-IAH-AUS

March 16
We are very pleased to announce the WMAP second data release!! See the official Press Release. The first data release was announced on February 11, 2003. Since then, we, the whole WMAP science team, have worked VERY, VERY, VERY HARD to complete the analysis of temperature and polarization data from three years of WMAP observations. Here are some of the media coverage: AP, NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Daily Princetonian, Nature, Science, Discovery.

We are very happy about and proud of what we can announce/deliver today. I believe that many of us (if not all) are also extremely happy that we don't have to do three telecons per week. (Boy, I don't even remember how long we have been doing this!) Well, perhaps, we don't do telecons so often at least for a few months, until we start to get back to the WMAP fourth-year data that we already have at our hand. Then fifth year, and then sixth year. The WMAP continues to observe. We continute to work. Day after day. Night after night. Beer after beers.

See the WMAP misson page as well as the LAMBDA site for more details about WMAP itself and the second data release.

Finally, I would like to thank my father, Hidenori Komatsu, who passed away just about one year ago (March 12, 2005), for allowing me to go abroad and continue to do what I really want to do: Cosmology. Without your continuous help and understanding, father, I could not contribute to this exciting scientific achievement. I am your son, and shall never give up anything, just like you have never given up, no matter what it takes, for what I love. I am also truly grateful to my wife, my mother and my sisters for their understanding and kindness. (I am writing this here because this type of acknowledgement is not allowed in the scientific papers.)

March 23-26
Fundamental Physics With Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation at the University of California at Irvine.

April 10-14
2006 Mitchell Symposium, " Astronomy, Cosmology & Fundamental Physics" at the Texas A&M University.

April 18-23

April 28
University of Texas at San Antonio.

May 7-10

May 20-22

June 2-7

August 1-15
  • 8/1,2 AUS-IAH-NRT
  • 8/3,4 Tokyo
  • 8/5,6 Sendai
  • 8/7,8 Fukushima
  • 8/9-14 Takarazuka
  • 8/15 NRT-IAH-AUS

August 28-31
TeV Particle Astrophysics II, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

September 15
The first Texas Cosmology Network Meeting!

October 12-15
University of Florida, Gainsville.

November 2-5
University of Minnesota.

December 1
Our work on the gamma-ray background from dark matter annihilation (with Kyungjin Ahn) has been covered by the "Sky and Telescope" magazine, December issue: "Messages from the Dark Side" (pp.42).

December 8-17
Melbourne, Australia