Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Planck results: Boring or Anomalous?

The Planck Collaboration released a 29-paper avalanche on the cosmology community just over a week ago, comprising their first set of CMB results. Along with a lot of people in the field (I imagine…), I’ve been letting the implications of this data release sink in for a few days and, on the face of it, the results are a little boring: no detection of non-Gaussianity, no extra neutrino species, “robust support for the standard, six parameter LCDM model of cosmology” — standard, standard, standard.

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