Origins and Observations of Primordial Non-Gaussianity

Conference Date: 
Saturday, March 8, 2008 (All day) to Monday, March 10, 2008 (All day)
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Primordial non-Gaussianity can provide us with a rare glimpse into the nature of the initial conditions of the Universe. Recently, Yadav and Wandelt have claimed a detection of primordial non-Gaussianity in the WMAP cosmic microwave background maps, which would rule out a large class of inflationary models. This workshop aims to bring together experts in theory and observations of primordial non-Gaussianity, in order to seek a consensus on the significance of this detection, as well as its possible implications for the models of early universe.


Niayesh Afshordi, Perimeter Institute 

Daniel Babich, CalTech

Neil Barnaby, CITA

Bruce Bassett, University of Cape Town

Daniel Baumann, 

Rachel Bean, Cornell

Latham Boyle, CITA

Robert Brandenberger, McGill University

Xingang Chen, MIT

Daniel Chung, Wisconsin-Madison

Asantha Cooray, Caltech

Ben Craps, Vrije University Brussel & Intl. Solvay Institute

Sumit Das, University of Kentucky

Olivier Dore, CITA

Franz Elsner, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Hassan Firouzjahi, McGill University

Ghazal Geshnizjani, Perimeter Institute

Thomas Hertog, APC, Paris 

Mike Hudson, University of Waterloo

Dragan Huterer, Michigan

Liudmila Joukovskaya, Cambridge 

Mike Kesden, CITA

Justin Khoury, Perimeter Institute 

Lev Kofman, CITA

Eiichiro Komatsu, University of Texas at Austin 

Eugene Lim, Columbia 

Marilena LoVerde  

Pat McDonald, CITA

Paul McFadden, Institute for Theoretical Physics 

John Moffat, Perimeter Institute

Burt Ovrut, University of Pennsylvania 

Eliezer Rabinovici, Hebrew University 

Omid Saremi, McGill

David Seery, Cambridge

Sarah Shandera, Columbia

Ravi Sheth, Penn State University 

Kendrick Smith , University of Chicago 

Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University 

James Taylor, UW

Neil Turok, Cambridge

Licia Verde, Institute of Space Sciences 

Aaron Vincent, McGill

Ben Wandelt, University of Illinois

Daniel Wesley, Cambridge