Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Computing the Cosmos: A Universe in a Computer

Dr. Rob Thacker
Queen's University

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
7:30 PM @ Stirling D

Abstract:

Modern supercomputers allow astronomers & astrophysicists to create digital simulations of entire universes of unprecedented size and accuracy. These "virtual universes" can also be tuned to obey a different set of Laws of Physics, allowing us to play the role of "Creator" and examine what our Universe might have looked like under different circumstances. Using digitally created movies and images from these simulations, Dr Thacker will explore some of the spectacular progress that has resulted from these techniques, and examine what future research can tell us.

The talks is intended for a general audience. Admission is free and refreshments will follow in the foyer.