Schedule-Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology - Carnegie Mellon University

Schedule

Workshop on Cosmic Acceleration

Friday, August 24, 2012 - Sunday, August 26, 2012

(Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51, Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Plenary talks will be 30 minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions; all other talks will be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions.
  • All speakers are requested to send a PDF version of their talks to Nishant Agarwal (nishanta@andrew.cmu.edu)  no later than 6:00 p.m. on the day before their talk.  In the interest of saving time between talks, all talks will be uploaded on a common computer available to speakers.
  • A shuttle bus will run on loop from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day from the workshop hotels (Holiday Inn and Hilton Garden Inn) to the workshop venue.  Additionally, a shuttle bus would run on loop from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on August 24 from the Carnegie Museum to the hotels, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 25 from the workshop venue to the hotels, and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 26 from the workshop venue to the hotels.
Friday, August 24, 2012

Time

Speaker

Title

Session Chair

08:45-09:00

Welcome (Gregg Franklin)

09:00-09:40

Gregory Gabadadze

Massive gravity and quasi-dilation: Theory and cosmology

Mark Trodden

09:40-10:20

Claudia de Rham

Partially massless gravity

10:20-10:40

Andrew Tolley

Helicity zero mode in cosmological solutions in massive gravity and bigravity

10:40-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:40

Rachel Bean

Discerning dark energy's character

Mark Trodden

11:40-12:20

Rachel Mandelbaum

Observational constraints on dark energy vs. modified gravity

12:20-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:20

Rachel Rosen

Recent developments in massive gravity

Justin Khoury

14:20-14:40

Matteo Fasiello

The interplay of stability requirements and observations in massive gravity

14:40-15:00

Lavinia Heisenberg

Massive cosmologies

15:00-15:20

Garrett Goon

Galileons as Wess-Zumino terms

15:20-15:40

Goddfrey Miller

Spatially covariant theories of a transverse, traceless graviton

15:40-16:00

Coffee break

16:00-16:20

Ezra Newman

Comments on Penrose's conformal cyclic cosmology

Tina Kahniashvili

16:20-16:40

Yi-Zen Chu

The problem of motion in the presence of Vainshtein screening

16:40-17:00

David Jacobs

Regional effects in extra dimensions

17:00-17:20

George Zahariade

A new way to count degrees of freedom in dRGT theory

17:20-17:40

Jolyon Bloomfield

Matter interactions in effective field theories of dark energy

18:30-21:00

Dinner reception at Carnegie museum


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Time

Speaker

Title

Session Chair

09:00-09:40

Alberto Nicolis

Solid inflation

Richard Holman

09:40-10:20

Mark Wyman

Inflation from magnetic drift

10:20-10:40

Justin Khoury

The Ward identities of single field inflation

10:40-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:40

Sarah Shandera

Learning about inflation from Large Scale Structure

Richard Holman

11:40-12:20

Will Kinney

Inflation on the eve of Planck

12:20-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:20

Nishant Agarwal

Non-Gaussianity from general inflationary states

Sarah Shandera

14:20-14:40

Azadeh Moradinezhad Dizgah

General conditions for scale-invariant pertubations in an expanding universe

14:40-15:00

Adrienne Erickcek

The power of small scales to probe inflation

15:00-15:20

Elliot Nelson

Scale dependence of non-Gaussian statistics

15:20-15:40

Suddhasattwa Brahma

Semi-classical effective equations for isotropic cosmology

15:40-16:00

Coffee break

16:00-16:20

Michael Wood-Vasey

The coming decade of supernova cosmology

Rachel Bean

16:20-16:40

Christopher Hirata

The WFIRST weak lensing program

16:40-17:00

Christian Reichardt

Unraveling dark energy and inflation with the South Pole Telescope

17:00-17:20

Xiaoying Xu

Measuring D_{A} and H at z = 0.35 from the SDSS DR7 LRGs using baryon acoustic oscillations

18:00-19:30

Poster session * (with light refreshments)



*Poster Session

Joyce Byun - Primordial non-Gaussian shape recognition

Sayantan Choudhury - Fourth Level MSSM inflation from new flat directions

Andrew Matas - Galileon radiation from binary pulsars

Eva-Maria Mueller - Cosmological constraints on the effective field theory and cosmic acceleration

Charles Shapiro - Weak Lensing of Type la Supernovae from SDSS-III

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Time

Speaker

Title

Session Chair

09:00-09:40

Kazuya Koyama

Structure formation in modified gravity models

Andrew Tolley

09:40-10:20

Henry Tye

A possible stringy mechanism for a small cosmological constant

10:20-10:40

Sohyun Park

Testing a nonlocally modified gravity model

10:40-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:40

Dragan Huterer

Falsifying paradigms for cosmic acceleration in the systematics-dominated era

Michael Wood-Vasey

11:40-12:00

Hao-Yi Wu

Impact of small-scale galaxy clustering systematics on cosmological parameter constraints

12:00-12:20

Adam Mantz

Acceleration and modified gravity constraints from X-ray galaxy clusters

12:20

Concluding remarks



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