Feb 6, 2015


SPEAKER   Dr. Sarah Stokes Kernasovskiy

o                    Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

TOPIC           CMB Polarization and Life at the South Pole   

TIME:            8:00pm  Friday, February 6th, 2015
WHERE:        The CSM Planetarium  Bldg 36, Parking Lot 5

                      Presentation free and open to the public.       


Sarah Stokes Kernasovskiy is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC).    Her research focuses on the measurement of B-mode polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), including the technological developments needed for the next generation of telescopes.  A positive detection of B-mode polarization could be direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation. Finding evidence of inflation is one of the highest priorities in cosmology today.   


Sarah's graduate student work focused on BICEP2 and the Keck Array, which are telescopes at the South Pole.  Sarah has completed 4 seasons at the South Pole Station on these projects.  Outside of research, she is an accomplished trail runner, having completed several 100 milers as well as the Race Around the World,  and has also taken time off to trek in another remote area:  the Himalayas!   Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Physics at California Institute of Technology in 2008,  and completed her PhD in Physics at Stanford University in 2014 with her thesis 'Measuring the Polarization of the CMB with the Keck Array and BICEP2'.

In her talk, Sarah will discuss the various telescopes used in the CMB measurements, research goals and findings, as well as give us a glimpse of the challenges of life and research at the South Pole Station.


     Sarah (with John Kovac) at work on part of the Keck Array at the South Pole