Quantum Mechanics in the Sky: How the Smallest and Largest Scales are Related: Dr Chris Byrnes

February 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9HT

Quantum Mechanics in the Sky: How the Smallest and Largest Scales are Related

Dr Chris Byrnes (Research Fellow, Physics and Astronomy, Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex)

Our leading theory of the early Universe predicts that all large structures in the Universe were generated by (microscopic) quantum mechanical perturbations, shortly after the Big Bang. There is increasing observational support for this remarkable theory, most recently from the Planck satellite in 2015. I will describe the key concepts behind this theory and how we are able to test it.


I made all of my formal Education in the UK, starting with the Rudolf Steiner school South Devon, moving on to Exeter College for A-levels, then Cambridge to study maths including part III, and finally the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), Portsmouth for my PhD.

After this I was restless and spent the next five years abroad, four of them in Germany, divided between Heidelberg (straight out of a Hansel and Gretel fairy tale) and Bielefeld, famous only for not existing! My final year abroad was at CERN, the worlds largest and most powerful laboratory, although my research remained firmly above ground, with a view of Mt Blanc.

From October 2012, I have been a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Sussex University, researching cosmology (mainly how to test theories of the early universe).


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