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Italian Physical Society
International School of Physics
"Enrico Fermi"
New Horizons for Observational Cosmology

June 30 - July 6 2013, Varenna, Italy

Jan 25, 2013 - Registration is now open!

Apr 16, 2013 - Registration is closed. Application review in progress.

May 13, 2013 - Preliminary list of admitted participants is available.

May 14, 2013 - Check the Lecture abstracts on the Program page.

May 28, 2013 - Final schedule is available. Final list of participants available.

June 26, 2013 - Updated schedule and list of contributions by students available.

This school comes at a unique time in cosmology.
Our understanding of the universe has been revolutionized by observations of the cosmic microwave background
(in particular Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe), the large-scale structure of the universe (Two-degree-Field
Galaxy Redshift Survey and Sloan Digital Sky Survey), and distant supernovae.

These studies have conclusively shown that we are living in a strange universe: 96% of the present-day energy density
of the universe is dominated by the so-called dark matter and dark energy.
However, we do not know what dark matter and dark energy actually are.
The data also suggest that it is likely that the universe underwent a rapid accelerating expansion phase in the
very early universe called the inflationary phase. However, we still do not know how inflation happened.

Now, we are about to have another revolution in cosmology because, during the next couple of years, we expect
to see a further qualitative jump in our knowledge of the universe. The Planck satellite collaboration, mostly
funded by ESA, in particular, will publish the first cosmological results by early 2013.
Planck will provide an essentially complete view of temperature anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background.
A host of ground-based experiments measuring polarization of the cosmic microwave background (e.g., ACTpol, SPTpol, Polarbear, BICEP)
will report their results soon. The next-generation galaxy surveys (BOSS, DES, HSC, HETDEX) will begin to yield data.
These new data will undoubtedly address fundamental questions about the universe: what is the nature of dark energy
and dark matter? What powered the Big Bang? Did inflation occur? If it did, how did it occur? What is the mass
of neutrinos? When and how were the first stars and galaxies formed?

Now is an ideal time to organize a school focused on these subjects, as we enter a new revolution in cosmology.

Directors of the Course:

Asantha Cooray
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

Eiichiro Komatsu
Dept. of Physical Cosmology, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching

Alessandro Melchiorri
Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome

Daniel Baumann (Cambridge), Rachel Bean (Cornell), Asantha Cooray (Irvine), Scott Dodelson (Chicago),
Andrea Ferrara (SNS Pisa), Henk Hoekstra (Leiden), Eiichiro Komatsu (MPI Garching), Alessandro Melchiorri (Rome),
Will Percival (Portsmouth), Benjamin Wandelt (Paris), Joseph Silk (Paris)

Special session on latest results from Planck
Carlo Baccigalupi (SISSA), Paolo de Bernardis (Rome "La Sapienza"), Marco Bersanelli (University of Milan),
Fabio Finelli (INAF, Bologna),Silvia Masi (Rome, "La Sapienza), Paolo Natoli (University of Ferrara).

Scientific Secretary
Luca Lamagna,
Dept. of Physics, "Sapienza" University of Rome

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