Cosmology from Spectroscopic Surveys

Dr. Kyle Dawson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Utah

In the last decade, we have classified millions of galaxies and quasars
through optical spectroscopy at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. Part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) will complete its observational cosmology program on February 16. We are using this unique sample to explore the origins of cosmic expansion, the growth of structure, the masses of neutrinos, and the signature of inflation. In this talk, I will present the cosmological motivation behind eBOSS and an overview of how we run this experiment. I will conclude with a summary of the current results and what we expect to accomplish in our final analyses by the end of 2019.