I am Dr. Randol Aikin, co-author and collaborator on BICEP2- the team that announced the discovery of "B-modes" yesterday, the ancient echoes of the Big Bang. Ask me anything!
Yesterday, the BICEP2 collaboration announced the detection of so-called B-mode polarization. A faint signal telling us the existence of a rapid period of exponential expansion of the early universe, known as Inflation Theory.
I'm here to help explain what we actually detected, and what it means for our understanding of the early universe and talk about our telescope at the South Pole.