Peeking in Ancient Holes and Seeking the Holy Grail

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07110062

Abstract

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) consists of a bath of photons
emitted when the universe was 380,000 years old. Carrying the imprint
of primordial fluctuations that seeded the formation of structure in
the universe, the CMB is one of the most valuable known tools for
studying the early universe. In our modern, post WMAP era, the utility
of studying temperature anisotropies in the CMB is clear and much of
the work has been done. I will describe two exciting new directions in
which the field is currently heading: small-scale secondary CMB
anisotropy and CMB polarization anisotropy. In this context, I will
briefly discuss preliminary results from our small-scale secondary anisotropy
experiment, the Sunyaev-Zel\'dovich Array (SZA), and will describe our two upcoming CMB polarization experiments, the Q U Imaging ExperimenT (QUIET) and the E B EXperiment (EBEX).