The New Cosmology Confronts Observation: The Cosmic Microwave Background, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Brane Worlds

Coordinators: Katherine Freese, Marc Kamionkowski, John Ruhl, Martin White

Deadline for application: November 30, 2001

Cosmology, like much of the rest of astrophysics, has changed from a data starved to a data rich field. In the last few years we have made dramatic progress in understanding key questions about our universe, its contents and its evolution. However major puzzles remain. This ITP programme will focus on trying to understand new theories, new approaches and new data which bear on the problems of dark energy and dark matter. We will focus on comparing different approaches to these questions, combining the constraining power of our cosmological probes and sharing new approaches to mining future large datasets.