The year 2013 will be exciting and full of new results based on the measurement and analysis of CMB temperature fluctuations, polarization, and LSS data. The Planck satellite is expected to provide new cosmological information and release all-sky CMB maps with unprecedented quality in the early part of 2013. These new results, along with the information that will be produced by on-going and planned CMB and LSS experiments will be a very important contribution to improving our knowledge on the inflationary period of the universe. The meeting will focus on the physics of inflation from an observational, theoretical, and instrumental perspective. Special emphasis will be given to results derived from the forthcoming polarization data. The conference takes place in the context of the Spanish Consolider-Ingenio Project known as EPI: Exploring the Physics of Inflation. There will be a limited number of invited talks in order to allow the majority of the time for contributed discussion. The conference will be in Santander, which is located on the northern coast of Spain. Santander is a popular summer destination surrounded by some of the most popular beaches in the north coast. The dates of the conference were chosen to avoid the peak of the tourist season, in order to offer a more relaxing (and affordable) environment.
Detection of primordial gravitational waves would be one of the most significant scientific discoveries of all time. Such a detection would be a direct evidence for inflation and shed light on fundamental physics such as quantum gravity behind inflation. The accurate measurement of CMB polarization is the best way to discover the primordial gravitational waves. It is thus one of the greatest challenges in experimental cosmology in the next decade. Thanks to remarkable technological development in recent years, the detection is not a mere dream anymore but becoming factual. The primary objective of the conference is to exchange ideas on how to reach the precision at the level of r=0.001 or even better, where r is the tensor-to-scalar ratio. Another important goal of the conference is to evaluate scientific values of such a measurement, where relations to other observations such as CMB temperature anisotropies are also important. To these ends, the conference will have talks from all the CMB projects in operation, in preparation or in planning.
The conference consists of plenary sessions and poster sessions. Topics in the plenary sessions will include the following:
– Planck results/instruments
– On-going ground/balloon CMB experiments
– CMB experiments in preparation
– Future CMB experiments including satellites
– Theory overviews
– Nature of foregrounds and their separation
Talks in the plenary sessions are by invitation only. Poster sessions will be based on abstract submissions to cover a broad range of topics on CMB research, from inflationary model building to superconducting sensor development, which will stimulate vigorous and open discussions among participants. Posters on a wider range of topics related to CMB are also welcomed; examples of such topics are:
– Synergy between CMB and other observations, such as CIRB, 21cm, dark energy and dark matter.
– Astrophysics/astronomy with foregrounds.