Have we detected a smoking gun for inflation?

What do the recent BICEP2 measurements of the primordial B-mode polarization of the CMB imply for inflation? How robust are these measurements, and how can we verify them in the future? This colloquium will feature short presentations and a panel discussion by our own local experts on inflation theory and on CMB polarization experiments: Brad Johnson, Amber Miller, Alberto Nicolis and Lam Hui.

Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1402.

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