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Into the Impossible With Brian Keating

What Is Dark Matter Really Made Of? (#396)

Feb 23, 2024
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In the podcast, they discuss the mysteries of dark matter and its potential candidates. They also delve into the possibility of detecting gravitational waves from the polarization of the CMB. Additionally, they explore the idea that there may be no life outside of Earth.
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Quick takeaways

  • Analyzing CMB polarization reveals gravitational wave imprints from the inflationary epoch.
  • Scientists search for WIMPs and axions to understand dark matter's composition and abundance.

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Studying Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

The study of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMB) provides insights into the origin and composition of the universe, serving as a type of film onto which waves of gravity could be exposed. This radiation, originating from the Big Bang, acts as a detector and a signal, offering a unique way to trace the universe's properties and evolution. By analyzing CMB polarization, scientists can uncover the imprint of gravitational waves, particularly those that emerged during the inflationary epoch, revealing crucial details about the universe's early stages.

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