UMICH-2015: Inflation

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The goals of the inflation sessions are...

Session Organizers:

  • Coordinators: Lloyd Knox
  • Moderators:
    • break-out session 1: Jo Dunkley
    • break-out session 2: Raphael Flauger
    • break-out session 3: Sarah Shandera

Some questions we may want to address / items for discussion:

  • It would probably be useful to have a review of the assumptions made for the Snowmass forecasting.
  • What are key aspects of that forecasting that should be improved?
  • What theoretical model spaces should we consider for forecasting? That is, what parameters that are nuisances from an inflation standpoint, should we include?
  • The Snowmass document is pretty thin in terms of specific forecasts for constraints on non-Gaussianity. What should we add?
  • How will progress on non-Gaussianity constraints compare to what will be happening with galaxy surveys? How are they complementary?
  • How will CMB-S4 lensing in particular help with non-Gaussianity studies from LSS surveys?
  • Would CMB-S4 help at all with curvature, given DESI BAO? Maybe by helping to distinguish between neutrino mass and/or variation from w = -1?

Break-out sessions:

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