Saturday Morning Physics
Shedding Light on Dark Energy: An Experimental Perspective


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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 04/17/2004
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

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  • Description: Recent experiments show that our universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, driven by a mysterious dark energy. To determine what dark energy is as opposed to that it is present will require a new generation of experiments of unprecedented precision. Scientists from around the globe are now planning for a SuperNova/Acceleration Probe (SNAP), a new type of space telescope that will observe thousands of supernova explosions to determine the nature of the dark energy. Professor TarlĂ© will explore how scientists go about designing a precision cosmological experiment such as SNAP and examine its prospects for uncovering the true identity of the major component of our universe.

    Detailed Information
    All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.

    Contact Information
    For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437