Yesterday the BICEP2 experiment (Wikipedia page) announced a result that physicists and astronomers around the world had been positively drooling over for two days: the detection of primordial B-modes in the cosmic microwave background.
Ordinarily I would write a whole blog post going through the BICEP2 paper: what the experiment is, what they’re looking for in the cosmic microwave background, what exactly they found, and why you should be excited about it too, but right now I’m super-busy with other things (including another blog post slated for later this week). So instead I leave you with this collection of links to peruse:
- Sean Carroll’s detailed background on B-modes
- Matt Strassler’s cosmology primer
- Peter Coles’ brief overview
Reports of the results:
- Matt Strassler’s technical analysis
- Sean Carroll’s overview of results
- Ethan Siegel’s post with lots of pictures and details of the results
There are many others, of course, but that should be enough to get you started. Also follow the #BICEP2 hashtag on Twitter.
I leave you …