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Kendrick Smith

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AFFILIATIONS

University of Waterloo

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Research Interests

I am a "data-oriented" cosmologist: my work is a mixture of theoretical physics,
phenomenology, computational physics, statistics, and data analysis. I have been
a member of several large experiments, including the WMAP and Planck cosmic microwave background (CMB) satellites. Most recently, I have joined CHIME, a new experiment in British Columbia which aims to measure the radio sky to orders of magnitude better sensitivity than previous all-sky surveys, with a wide variety of applications. It is the first large Canadian research telescope in more than 50 years.

My best-known work is on CMB data analysis and phenomenology, including a classification of observable signals from self-interactions of the inflaton, and the first detection of gravitational lensing in the CMB. Recently, I have been interested in theoretical problems in cosmological large-scale structure, for example simulating initial conditions for N-body simulations with quantum mechanically generated initial conditions appropriate for interacting models of inflation. I have also been thinking about new data analysis techniques for large scale structure and radio astronomy.

Positions Held

  • 2012-2013: Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University and Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (joint affiliation)
  • 2009-2012: Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University
  • 2007-2009: STFC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2002-2007: PhD student, University of Chicago

Awards

  • 2012: I was co-awarded (with the rest of the WMAP Science Team) the Gruber Cosmology Prize, an international prize given once per year to an individual or team ``whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture''.
  • 2009: Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, awarded once per year to ``a top theoretical postdoctoral astronomer''.
  • 2007: STFC (UK Science and Technology Facilities Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded to twelve recent PhDs (across all scientific fields) to pursue postdoctoral research in the UK.
  • 2006: Bloomenthal Fellowship, awarded once per year to ``the best graduate student in theoretical physics with advanced residency status'' at the University of Chicago.
  • 2002: McCormick Doctoral Fellowship, awarded to ``the highest rated applicants to the Ph.D. program of the Department of Physics'' at the University of Chicago.

Recent Publications

  • S. Ferraro, K. M. Smith, ``Using Large Scale Structure to Test Multifield Inflation'', PRD (2015) 91, 043506.
  • L. Boyle, K. M. Smith, C. Dvorkin, N. Turok, ``On testing and extending the inflationary consistency relation for tensor modes'', PRD (2015) 92, 043504.
  • S. R. Behbahani, M. Mirbabayi, L. Senatore, K. M. Smith, ``New natural shapes of non-Gaussianity from high-derivative interactions and their optimal limits from WMAP 9-year data'', JCAP (2014) 11 035.
  • K. M. Smith, C. Dvorkin, L. Boyle, N. Turok, M. Halpern, G. Hinshaw, B. Gold, ``On quantifying and resolving the BICEP2/Planck tension over gravitational waves'', PRL (2014) 113, 031301 (``Editors' Suggestion'').
  • A. Broderick, C. Pfrommer, E. Puchwein, P. Chang, K. M. Smith, ``Lower Limits upon the Anisotropy of the Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background implied by the 2FGL and 1FHL Catalogs'', ApJ (2014) 796, 12.
  • N. Denman et al, ``A GPU-based Correlator X-engine Implemented on the CHIME Pathfinder'', arXiv: 1503.06202 [astro-ph].
  • Planck collaboration, ``Planck 2015 results. I. Overview of products and scientific results'', arXiv: 1502.01582 [astro-ph].
  • K. M. Smith, L. Senatore, M. Zaldarriaga, ``Optimal analysis of the CMB trispectrum'', arXiv: 1502.00635 [astro-ph].
  • Planck collaboration, ``Planck 2015 results. XVII. Constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity'', arXiv: 1502.01592 [astro-ph].
  • J. C. Hill, B. D. Sherwin, K. M. Smith et al, ``The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: A Measurement of the Thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich One-Point PDF'', arXiv: 1411.8004 [astro-ph]
  • L. Boyle, J. Y. Khoo, K. M. Smith, ``Symmetric Satellite Swarms and Choreographic Crystals'', arXiv: 1407.5876 [cond-mat].
  • M. Alvarez et al, ``Testing Inflation with Large Scale Structure: Connecting Hopes with Reality'', Proceedings from workshop held at University of Toronto, October 2014.
  • K. N. Abazajian et al, "Neutrino Physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background and Large Scale Structure", Report from the ``Dark Energy and CMB'' working group for the American Physical Society's Division of Particles and Fields long-term planning exercise ("Snowmass").
  • K. N. Abazajian et al, "Inflation Physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background and Large Scale Structure", Report from the ``Dark Energy and CMB'' working group for the American Physical Society's Division of Particles and Fields long-term planning exercise ("Snowmass").

Seminars

  • "CHIME: forecasts and status update", invited conference talk, Barcelona
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited colloquium, University of Chicago
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, Johns Hopkins
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, Penn State
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited conference talk, Aspen.
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, Stony Brook
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, CMU.
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, Ohio State
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, Princeton.
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited seminar, NYU.
  • "Planck constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity and future prospects", invited conference talk, University of Minnesota.
  • "Primordial non-Gaussianity in the CMB and large-scale structure", invited colloquium, McGill.
  • "Primordial non-Gaussianity in the CMB and large-scale structure", invited seminar, University of Waterloo.
  • "Primordial non-Gaussianity in the CMB and large-scale structure", invited seminar, UBC.
  • "Non-Gaussianity post Planck and BICEP2", invited conference talk, Brookhaven.
  • "Quantum mechanical simulations of inflation", invited conference talk, Princeton.
  • "Quantum mechanical simulations of inflation", invited seminar, University of Toronto.
  • "Primordial non-Gaussianity in the CMB and large-scale structure", invited conference talk, Stanford.