Carlstrom receives cosmology prize
by Sarah Schlieder, Communications, Education and Public Affairs
John Carlstrom (HEP), Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service professor and deputy director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the 2015 Gruber Cosmology Prize.
Carlstrom received the award for his work in studying cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation—the thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang. His work has contributed to the development of a new model of the universe that includes dark matter, regular matter and dark energy.
We’re looking at the big questions surrounding our universe – what are its basic properties? What are its origins? We’re essentially peering back in time and looking at the radiation emitted by the universe when it was just a baby.
John Carlstrom (HEP)
Carlstrom is also a joint staff member in the High Energy Physics Division at Argonne and principal investigator on the South Pole Telescope. The telescope measures the faint emission from the CMB.
The annual Gruber Cosmology Prize honors a leading scientist for discoveries that lead to significant advances in understanding the universe.
Carlstrom said he is honored to receive the award, adding that the research and achievements recognized by the Gruber Foundation are part of a collaborative effort.