Affiliations: Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy
Senior Capstone Award, The Leon Madansky Undergraduate Research Award in Physics
The purpose of this study is to estimate and model polarized foreground emission across the night sky. Polarized foregrounds interfere with measurements of the polarization of Hv cosmic microwave background. Using models of the foregrounds we can reduce this interference, enabling data analysis for CMB experiments. Detecting polarization in the CMB reveals valuable information on the evolution of the universe moments after the Big Bang and also reaffirms the existence of gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein.