Lyman Page talks with
ScienceWatch.com and answers a few questions about
this month's Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Space
Article Title: Three-year Wilkinson Microwave
Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) observations: Polarization
Authors: Page, L;Hinshaw, G;Komatsu, E;Nolta, MR;Spergel,
DN;Bennett, CL;Barnes, C;Bean, R;Dore, O;Dunkley,
J;Halpern, M;Hill, RS;Jarosik, N;Kogut, A;Limon, M;Meyer,
SS;Odegard, N;Peiris, HV;Tucker, GS;Verde, L;Weiland,
JL;Wollack, E;Wright, EL
Journal: ASTROPHYS J SUPPL SER (see links
Year: JUN 2007
* Princeton Univ, Dept Phys, Jadwin Hall, Princeton, NJ
* Princeton Univ, Dept Phys, Princeton, NJ 08544 USA.
* NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD 20771
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Why do you think your paper is highly
cited?/Would you summarize the significance of your paper in
It presents full sky maps of the polarization of the microwave sky and from
those maps determines when the first stars turned on and places limits on
the fraction of the universe made of gravitational radiation.
Does it describe a new discovery,
methodology, or synthesis of knowledge?
How did you become involved in this research,
and were there any problems along the way?
I’ve been working in this field since I was a graduate student. There
were many problems along the way, but we worked our way through them.
Where do you see your research leading in the
We hope to continue to contribute to building our picture of how the
Do you foresee any social or political
implications for your research?
Socially, we are beginning to think of the observable universe in familiar
and scientific terms. That this is possible affects how people think of
their place in the cosmos.
Department of Physics
Princeton, NJ, USA
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