From PI: “Recent Perimeter News”

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A Stellar Year

From the dawn of multi-messenger astronomy to the discovery of more Earth-sized exoplanets and a solar eclipse that captivated millions, 2017 was a year in which humanity turned its gaze skyward.

Many believe we have entered a new “golden age” of physics. Researchers at Perimeter continue to probe for answers about dark matter, quantum gravity, black holes, and the birth of the universe.

The Centre for the Universe

In November 2017, Perimeter announced the creation of the Centre for the Universe – a new hub for cutting-edge cosmology research. Centre patrons include world-renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Prize winner Art MacDonald. The Centre will bring together international scientists, bridging fundamental theory and experiment, to tackle questions about the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe.

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On the Horizon

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project turned its incredibly precise gaze toward a black hole earlier this year, and the scientific world awaits the resulting imagery.

Event Horizon Telescope Array

Arizona Radio Observatory
Arizona Radio Observatory/Submillimeter-wave Astronomy (ARO/SMT)

ESO/APEX
Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment

CARMA Array no longer in service
Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA)

Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE)
Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment (ASTE)

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO)

IRAM NOEMA interferometer
Institut de Radioastronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) 30m

James Clerk Maxwell Telescope interior, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope interior, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA

Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano
Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano

CfA Submillimeter Array Hawaii SAO
Submillimeter Array Hawaii SAO

ESO/NRAO/NAOJ ALMA Array
ESO/NRAO/NAOJ ALMA Array, Chile

South Pole Telescope SPTPOL
South Pole Telescope SPTPOL

Future Array/Telescopes

Plateau de Bure interferometer
Plateau de Bure interferometer

NSF CfA Greenland telescope

Greenland Telescope

A process called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) is used by this network of eight large radio telescopes to capture history’s first picture of a black hole’s event horizon. Avery Broderick leads Perimeter’s Event Horizon Initiative, which will help analyze and interpret the data collected by the telescope array. The EHT team is waiting for the last remaining data to arrive from the South Pole and expects to have results early in the new year.

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A Year of Celebration

Celebrating Innovation

Innovation150 – a part of Canada 150 celebrations – was led by Perimeter, with the Power of Ideas Tour visiting cities and towns across the country. More than 100,000 people attended tour events and many more attended talks, festivals, and other Innovation150 experiences.

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Celebrating Women in Physics

Perimeter’s Emmy Noether Initiatives continued to celebrate and support women scientists throughout the year. A free, downloadable poster series also shone the spotlight on some women pioneers in physics.

Read more here.

Continue the Journey

Advances in creating quantum light, determining what dark matter isn’t, sharing the wonders of science – Perimeter was a bustling hub of research, education, and outreach in 2017. Read more at http://www.insidetheperimeter.ca.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you throughout 2018.

With appreciation,

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Jacqueline Watty
Senior Advancement Officer
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
519-569-7600 ext. 4472

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Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.