Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

The Accelerating Universe

Prof. Brian Schmidt 
Distinguished Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics

Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014
Time: Reception starts at 7pm, Lecture starts at 8pm
Location: Bio Sciences Room 1101 (Auditorium)

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Abstract:

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown component of the universe, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.