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Congratulations to Charles Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David Spergel and the WMAP Science Team for winning the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

12.03.2017
Congratulations to Charles Bennett, Gary Hinshaw, Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr., David Spergel and the WMAP Science Team for winning the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on Dec. 3! The citation reads: “For detailed maps of the early universe that greatly improved our knowledge of the evolution of the cosmos and the fluctuations that seeded the formation of galaxies.” The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was founded in 2012 by Yuri Milner to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. The team also includes:

Chris Barnes, Olivier Doré, Joanna Dunkley, Ben Gold, Michael Greason, Mark Halpern, Robert Hill, Al Kogut, Eiichiro Komatsu, David Larson, Michele Limon, Stephan Meyer, Michael Nolta, Nils Odegard, Hiranya Peiris, Kendrick Smith, Greg Tucker, Licia Verde, Janet Weiland, Ed Wollack, and Ned Wright
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The Instrument Development Group designs, develops, and assesses the scientific quality of high-performance instrumentation for observing at wavelengths from submillimeter to gamma rays as well as cosmic rays and gravitational waves. The instrumentation is flown on satellites, rockets, balloons, and aircraft, and is tested in ground-based applications. Services provided to the Astrophysics Science Division include:

  • Oversee the development and operation of laboratory equipment required to develop and calibrate astrophysical instruments.
  • Design, develop, and test advanced detectors and electronic and optical-mechanical instrumentation.
  • Determine requirements for and monitor performance of all contracts for electrical, mechanical and technician engineering support services.

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