Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences since 2009, has made many influential and creative contributions to our understanding of the early universe, particle astrophysics, and cosmology as a probe of fundamental physics. Much of his work centers on understanding the clues about the earliest moments of our universe encoded in the Cosmic Microwave Background, the faint glow of radiation generated by the Big Bang, and in the distribution of matter in the late universe.
On September 14, 2015, the two detectors of the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) observed a
gravitational-wave signal from the merger of a pair of black holes.
While this impressive technological triumph was celebrated...
Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences,
Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School, Member Doron
Kushnir, and Junior Visiting Professor Nadia Zakamska discuss
LIGO's recent detection of gravitational waves...
Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar
of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, was celebrated by the
Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day
conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference...
“Space Ripples Reveal Big Bang’s Smoking Gun,”
read the New York Times headline last March 17. In a
seemingly momentous news conference at the
Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, researchers
using a BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic...
In the public lecture “The Latest News from the
Cosmos,” Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor in the School of
Natural Sciences, explores the most detailed map of the infant
universe to date. Publicly released on March 21, 2013, the map