Cosmology with the CMB and LSS
A program of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS)
co-organized and hosted by the
The six week program consists of schools and workshops covering frontline research
areas in Cosmology using the Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropy, polarization
and related observations of the Large Scale Structure in the Universe.
Measurements of CMB anisotropy and its polarization have been, by far, the most
influential cosmological observations driving recent advances in current cosmology
and are well recognized as a prime thrust area of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Besides the precise determination of the parameters of the 'standard cosmological
model', these observations have also established some of the basic tenets of cosmology
and structure formation in the universe. The anisotropy and polarization of the
CMB are arguably the most promising probes of the physics that governs the earliest
moments of cosmological evolution from the Big Bang, in particular the generation
of primordial perturbations that seeded the large scale structure in the universe.
Observations of the CMB also independently probe the enigmatic dark energy content
of the universe through the late integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect and secondary anisotropies
like the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect and complements our understanding of the large
scale structure in the distribution of matter gained through observations of baryon
acoustic oscillations, galaxy clusters and weak gravitational lensing.