Dr. Lindsey Bleem speaks about the South Pole Telescope, a 10-meter millimeter-wavelength telescope located at the geographic South Pole, one of the world's premiere sites for astronomical observations. It is optimized for observations of the cosmic microwave background, the relic afterglow of the Big Bang explosion 14 billion years ago. She describes the data acquired with this world-class telescope and what we're learning about our universe, from its earliest moments to its ultimate fate. She also provides some insights on what it's like to travel to, live and work at one of the most remote research stations on earth.
Dr. Bleem is an assistant physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory in Lemont, Ill. A member of the South Pole Telescope collaboration, her research interests include constraining physical models of our universe through measurements of the cosmic microwave background and galaxy surveys. Dr. Bleem received her doctorate from the University of Chicago and her bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.
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(Photo of South Pole Telescope by Bradford Benson)