Dr. Thomas M. Crawford
Dr. Crawford will discuss his work with the 10-meter South Pole Telescope and its observations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the Universe. Observing this background and determining its properties have led us to a much greater understanding of the nature and evolution of our universe. Dr. Crawford will discuss the next stage of CMB measurements, which aims to inform fundamental physics by probing the highest energies we will ever have access to and by measuring the properties of one of the lightest and most elusive fundamental particles.
Dr. Tom Crawford earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago in 2003 and he is currently Senior Research Associate at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Senior Researcher at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago.
The Nelson Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Harry Nelson, 1935 graduate of Augustana College, long-time Professor of Mathematics at Augustana, and first director of the John Deere Planetarium. This lecture series continues Dr. Nelson's legacy of sharing the wonders of the heavens with the Quad City community.
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