BICEP 2 Telescope, co-created by Brian Keating, show scientists 'fingerprint' of Big Bang

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Cosmologists Report Evidence for Cosmic Inflation

Cosmologists have detected curling patterns in the faint glow of the universe's oldest light that appear to be traces left by cosmic inflation, an exponential expansion of the universe thought to have occurred fractions of a second after the Big Bang, they announced today.

“If this result can be confirmed, then this is the ‘smoking gun:’ evidence that inflation did occur,” says Brian Keating, associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, who is a member of the consortium that reported the new finding. Jonathan Kaufman, a graduate student, and Angiola Orlando, a former postdoctoral researcher in Keating's research group were also part of this effort.

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Scientists see 'fingerprint' of Big Bang

A long held belief by scientists that the universe began to rapidly expand at the dawn of time may have been confirmed by a telescope that UC San Diego helped build at the South Pole to study the earliest moments of the cosmos.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced Monday that the BICEP 2 telescope might have detected the aftermath of the “cosmic inflation” that they think occurred just after the universe arose 13.8 billion years ago in the so-called Big Bang.

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