Professor Tucker's observational cosmology group studies the early universe by measuring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and by looking at the very earliest galaxies to have formed in the universe. The group designs and builds special purpose instruments for these measurements and then uses them and analyzes the results.
Some of the questions the group seeks to answer are the following: What happened during the epoch of inflation? How and when did galaxies form? Current experiments include The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST), the E and B Experiment (EBEX), The Millimeter-wave Bolometric Interferometer (MBI) and The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP).
Prof. Tucker joined the Brown faculty in 1997. A graduate of M.I.T., he received a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Brown faculty, he did postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia and was a physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He grew up in Lexington, MA.
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Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST)
Millimeter-wave Bolometric Interferometer
Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
E and B Experiment (EBEX)
QU Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology
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