Chuck Bennett

Charles L. Bennett

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Gilman Scholar

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Charles L. Bennett is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Alumni Centennial Professor, and a Johns Hopkins University Gilman Scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy with a joint appointment at the Applied Physics Laboratory. His major field of research is in experimental cosmology. In particular, he has contributed to the establishment of a standard model of cosmology, and currently engaged in testing and extending that model.

Bennett led the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) mission. WMAP was competitively selected in 1996 as a NASA Explorer mission, launched in June 2001, and its first scientific results were issued in February 2003. WMAP quantified the age, content, history, and other key properties of the universe with unprecedented accuracy and precision. This was recognized by Science magazine as the 2003 “Breakthrough of the Year.” The WMAP satellite ended its nine years of scientific observations in August 2010 and the full data analysis was published in 2013.

Previous to his work in WMAP, Bennett was the deputy P.I. of the Differential Microwave Radiometers (DMR) instrument and a member of the Science Team of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) mission. The scientific results from this work included the first detection of variations across the sky of the temperature of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Currently, Bennett is working on a ground-based microwave telescope
called the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) to make critical measurements of the history of the universe, including its first moments. He is also a member of the Euclid space mission consortium and the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), aimed at measuring the properties of the dark universe: dark matter and dark energy.

Bennett has received several awards and honors, including the 2015 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize, the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize, the 2010 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, the 2009 Comstock Prize in Physics, the 2006 Harvey Prize, and the 2005 Henry Draper Medal. He twice received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, once for COBE and once for WMAP. He also received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for WMAP.

Bennett received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 1984 and his BS degree in Physics and Astronomy, cum laude with High Honors in Astronomy, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1978. He was also a summer trainee Fellow of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism from 1976 to 1978. He joined the scientific staff of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1984 and later became the Infrared Astrophysics Branch Head, and then a Senior Scientist for Experimental Cosmology and a Goddard Senior Fellow. Bennett became a professor at the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University in January 2005. Bennett is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Spring 2012: 171.410 Physical Cosmology

Fall 2011: 171.312 Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

Spring 2011: 171.750 Cosmology

Fall 2010: 171.613 Radiative Astrophysics

Spring 2010: 171.410 Physical Cosmology

Fall 2009: 171.613 Radiative Astrophysics

Spring 2009: 171.410 Physical Cosmology

Spring 2008: 171.750 Cosmology

Fall 2007: 171.613 Radiative Astrophysics

Spring 2007: 171.410 Physical Cosmology

Fall 2006: 171.613 Radiative Astrophysics

Fall 2005: 171.750 Cosmology

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GE Addison, DJ Watts, CL Bennett, M Halpern, G Hinshaw, JL Weiland
Elucidating $\Lambda $ CDM: Impact of Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Measurements on the Hubble Constant Discrepancy
arXiv preprint arXiv:1707.06547, 2017

AH Guth, DI Kaiser, AD Linde, Y Nomura, CL Bennett, JR Bond, ...
A Cosmic Controversy
Scientific American 317 (1), 5-7, 2017

A Ali, JW Appel, CL Bennett, F Boone, M Brewer, M Chan, DT Chuss, ...
The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts 229, 2017

K Rostem, A Ali, JW Appel, CL Bennett, A Brown, MP Chang, DT Chuss, ...
Silicon-based antenna-coupled polarization-sensitive millimeter-wave bolometer arrays for cosmic microwave background instruments
arXiv preprint arXiv:1608.08891, 2016

DT Chuss, A Ali, M Amiri, J Appel, CL Bennett, F Colazo, KL Denis, ...
Cosmology large angular scale surveyor (class) focal plane development
Journal of Low Temperature Physics 184 (3-4), 759-764, 2016

KL Denis, A Ali, J Appel, CL Bennett, MP Chang, DT Chuss, FA Colazo, ...
Fabrication of feedhorn-coupled transition edge sensor arrays for measurement of the cosmic microwave background polarization
Journal of Low Temperature Physics 184 (3-4), 668-673, 2016

K Harrington, TA Marriage, A Ali, JW Appel, CL Bennett, F Boone, ...
The cosmology large angular scale surveyor
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes+ Instrumentation, 99141K-99141K-21, 2016

NN Gandilo, PAR Ade, D Benford, CL Bennett, DT Chuss, JL Dotson, ...
The Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (PIPER)
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes+ Instrumentation, 99141J-99141J-8, 2016

CL Bennett
Harmonic uniflow engine
US Patent 9,291,056, 2016

NJ Miller, DT Chuss, TA Marriage, EJ Wollack, JW Appel, CL Bennett, ...
Recovery of Large Angular Scale CMB Polarization for Instruments Employing Variable-delay Polarization Modulators
The Astrophysical Journal 818 (2), 151, 2016

GE Addison, Y Huang, DJ Watts, CL Bennett, M Halpern, G Hinshaw, ...
Quantifying discordance in the 2015 Planck CMB spectrum
The Astrophysical Journal 818 (2), 132, 2016

C Bennett
How Do WMAP and Planck Foreground Modeling Imperfections Impact Cosmology?
NASA ADAP Proposal, 2016

DJ Watts, D Larson, TA Marriage, MH Abitbol, JW Appel, CL Bennett, ...
Measuring the largest angular scale CMB B-mode polarization with galactic foregrounds on a cut sky
The Astrophysical Journal 814 (2), 103, 2015

CL Bennett, L Zeng, EJ Wollack, DT Chuss
Smooth-walled feedhorn
US Patent 9,166,297, 2015

H Sugai, N Tamura, H Karoji, A Shimono, N Takato, M Kimura, Y Ohyama, ...
Prime Focus Spectrograph for the Subaru telescope: massively multiplexed optical and near-infrared fiber spectrograph
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 1 (3), 035001 …, 2015

CL Bennett
Double-reed exhaust valve engine
US Patent 9,068,484, 2015

D Larson, JL Weiland, G Hinshaw, CL Bennett
Comparing Planck and WMAP: Maps, spectra, and parameters
The Astrophysical Journal 801 (1), 9, 2015

C Bennett
Cosmological Constraints Using Planck 2015 and WMAP Data
NASA ADAP Proposal, 2015

CL Bennett, D Larson, JL Weiland, G Hinshaw
The 1% concordance Hubble constant
The Astrophysical Journal 794 (2), 135, 2014

JW Appel, A Ali, M Amiri, D Araujo, CL Bennett, F Boone, M Chan, ...
The cosmology large angular scale surveyor (CLASS): 38 GHz detector array of bolometric polarimeters
arXiv preprint arXiv:1408.4789, 2014