2019 Graduate Student Showcase
 

Title of Submission

Fast and Accurate Algorithms for Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Data on HEALPix Points

Degree Program

Computer Science, PhD

Major Advisor Name

Grady Wright

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster

Judging Session

Both Judging Sessions

Abstract

The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) represents the first light to travel in the universe and offers the strongest evidence for the Big Bang theory to date. While scientists have measured this radiation using a Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelization scheme on the sphere, these “HEALPix” points are not well suited for the fast algorithms necessary for mining CMBR data. By transforming the HEALPix grid to a Cartesian grid in a way that preserves crucial symmetry and periodicity, we develop more accurate algorithms for CMBR analysis. Results illustrating the effectiveness of these algorithms over current methods are presented.

Funding Information

NASA ISGC and DOD SMART Scholarship

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