Laura Newburgh (Assistant Professor of Physics)

My research group is focused on instrumentation for cosmology (in other words, building telescopes to measure things about the Universe). I work on understanding the nature of Dark Energy through 21cm probes of galaxies with two new radio experiments: CHIME ( and HIRAX ( I also work on measurements of the polarized Cosmic Microwave Background with ACT ( and the upcoming Simons Observatory ( The CMB is the gift that keeps on giving: upcoming measurements hope to constrain high-energy phenomena impossible to measure with particle accelerators: very early Universe physics through inflation as well as extensions to the standard model of particle physics (neutrino masses, the number of standard model particles present in the early Universe).

I enjoy running, reading, walking around, and trying new beer (with mixed results). I also like gardening, but have more enthusiasm than skill (sorry, plants).

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