Jean-Loup Puget and the Planck HFI team awarded the Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize
The Gruber Foundation announcement has just been posted on May 10 at 8 am local time (Yale time) : https://gruber.yale.edu/cosmology
The Gruber Foundation is pleased to present the 2018 Cosmology Prize to the Planck Team, and to Jean-Loup Puget and Nazzareno Mandolesi, the leaders of the HFI and LFI instrument consortia, for mapping the temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation with the ESA Planck spacecraft.
Planck measured, with unprecedented precision, the matter content and geometry of the universe, the imprint on the CMB of hot gas in galaxy clusters and of gravitational lensing by large-scale structure, constrained a hypothetical "inflationary" phase, pinned down when the first stars formed, and provided unique information about interstellar dust and magnetic fields in our Galaxy.
This award is a great reward for Jean-loup Puget, Director of Research Emeritus at IAS and former director of the laboratory, as well as for the technical and scientific teams of the mission, and in particular the HFI instrument team IAS was responsible for.
More details in the coming days...
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