Day 1, Wednesday, 10 June

10:00-12:30: Session 1: History    video of session 1

How the hot Big Bang cosmology grew out of starting ideas in the 1930s, how fossils from the hot Big Bang came to be recognized in the 1960s, and how that recognition drove the physical science of cosmology. Discussion with chair,speakers, and participants, on how the CMB was detected, interpreted,and changed worldviews.

2:00-4:00: Session 2: The CMB Intensity Spectrum    video of session 2

How COBE and UBC at last demonstrated that the CMB intensity (energy) spectrum is very close to thermal, thus closing a line of research for many years, and why it is time to return to spectrum measurements: What can be done better, and what that might teach us.
  • Chair: John Mather
  • Mark Halpern: how the CMB spectrum was found to be very close to thermal (30 mins),    slides  and  video of launch
  • Gianfranco De Zotti: physical considerations in interpreting spectrum measurements (30 mins),    slides
  • Rashid Sunyaev: modern analyses of spectral distortions, known and conjectured (40 mins),     slides
General discussion

4:30-6:00: Session 2: (continued)    video of session 2 (continued)
  • Chair: Phil Lubin
  • Giorgio Sironi: challenges and prospects for better intensity spectrum measurements (20 min),  slides
  • Al Kogut: PIXIE as a worked example (30 minutes),  slides
General discussion, with panelists
  • Dale Fixsen (lessons from FIRAS),  slides
  • Jack Singal (ARCADE),   slides
  • Jens Chluba (on interpretation),  slides

Day 2, Thursday 11 June

9:00-10:15: Session 3: Measuring CMB Anisotropies    video of session 3

10:45-12:45 Session 3 (continued)    video of session 3 (continued)
  • Chair: Aurelien Fraisse
  • Jo Dunkley: An overview of results and status of present and planned CMB anisotropy experiments (50 mins),   slides
General discussion, with panelists on the advantages and disadvantages of different detector/receiver technologies, of observing from different sites (South Pole, Chile, Greenland, Tibet), of different platforms (ground, balloons, satellites), and of strategies for identifying and addressing foregrounds.

2:00-3:45 Session 4: The Six-Parameter ΛCDM Cosmology and the Neoclassical Cosmological Tests    video of session 4

Confronting the 6-parameterCMB-based cosmology with all the cosmological tests: What are the prospects for a still tighter network of tests that might reveal anomalies that guide us to a still better cosmology?
  • Chair: David Spergel
  • Uros Seljak: An overview of results, issues, and prospects for the neoclassical cosmological tests (50 mins),  slides
General discussion, with panelists who know about the astronomical measurement of the cosmic distance scale, the redshift-magnitude diagram, BAO, astronomical probes of reionization, ISW, and element abundances

4:15-6:30: Session 5: Six-Parameter ΛCDM and Cosmic Structure Formation video of session 5
  • Chair: John Peacock,  slides
  • Simon White: An overview of results, issues, and prospects for the unification of cosmology and structure formation, from the first stars through reionization to present-day pure disk galaxies (50 mins),    slides
General discussion, with panelists who know about measuring the reionization bump , clusters, SZ, Lensing, galaxy dynamics, and the properties of galaxies

Day 3, Friday 12 June

9:00-10:00 Session 6: The Early Universe video of session 6

What are the philosophies, theoretical considerations, and empirical clues that inform the search for the physics of what happened before ΛCDM could have been a good approximation?
  • Chair: Anna Ijjas
  • Marc Kamionkowski: An overview of considerations of physics in the early universe: empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and wishful (50 mins),   slides
General discussion

10:30-12:30 Session 6: The Early Universe (continued) video of session 6 (continued)

How confident might we be that the established Friedmann-Lemaître cosmic evolution was preceded by an epoch of near-de Sitter expansion?
Are there significant elements of normal predictive science in the anthropic and multiverse programs, or do these programs play the role of fitting functions to be adjusted to agree with and extrapolate from what is known?
What are specific open problems in early universe physics that might be addressed by advances in theory or observation in the coming decade?

A discussion moderated by Brian Greene:
      • Katie Freese,
      • Slava Mukhanov,
      • Roger Penrose,  slides
      • Paul Steinhardt,
      • Neil Turok
(There will be a blackboard but no slides; we seek philosophies of exploration of this frontier of physics.)
General discussion

2:00-3:30: Session 7: The Future of Cosmic Background Measurements video of session 7
  • Chair: François Bouchet,    sildes
  • Chris Tully: detecting the sea of primeval neutrinos (20 min),    slides
  • Aaron Parsons: detecting high redshift 21-cm radiation (20 min),     slides
General discussion of the future of background measurements, with panelists
  • Suzanne Staggs
  • John Carlstrom
  • Gary Hinshaw
4:00 - 5:30 Session 8: What are the prospects for and fundamental limitations to a still better empirically based world picture? video of session 8
  • Chair: Jean-Loup Puget
  • David Spergel: Prospects and issues for future CMB measurements (15 mins),  slides
  • Matias Zaldarriaga: What we might hope to learn about early universe physics from further advances in the CMB and other cosmological tests (15 min),  slides
  • Jerry Ostriker: What we might learn about astrophysics from further advances in the CMB and other cosmological tests (15 min), slides
  • Martin Rees: What historians a half century from now might wonder at our overlooking (15 min)
General Discussion

5:30 to 6:00 Concluding Remarks: Dick Bond,     slides (video included in session 8)

7:00-10:00 Conference Banquet, Frick Atrium