Séminaires du DPhP: Future observations of the primordial, polarized Cosmic Microwave Background: expected science and challenges

by Josquin Errard (Institut Lagrange Paris (ILP))

CEA Paris-Saclay

CEA Paris-Saclay


Testing inflation has become one of the main goals in observational cosmology, and one of the scientific priorities for the new generation of Cosmic Microwave Background projects. A race to more sensitive focal planes, combined to a high control of the instrumental and astrophysical systematic effects, is at play across the globe. In this talk, I will review some of the current and future observational efforts which are all aiming at detecting the inflationary, primordial gravitational waves. I will provide more details on two of them: the Simons Observatory, which will achieve its first light in 2021-2022, and the LiteBIRD satellite, expected to be launched in 2028. I will finally illustrate some of the current challenge that the scientific community has to face, and its plans to overcome them.

Organized by

François Brun, Matthias Saimpert