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Physics & Astronomy

April 11, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Chemistry Schaap Lecture Hall | Map
5101 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 - Vaden Miles Lecture

3:00 pm   Refreshments - Schaap Lecture Hall in Chemistry

3:30 pm   Dept of Physics & Astronomy Awards Ceremony - Schaap Lecture Hall in Chemistry

4:00 pm   Vaden Miles Lecture - Schaap Lecture Hall in Chemistry

Speaker: Prof. Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University, Winner of 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics 

Title:  Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe

Abstract: In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope which bears his name is being used to study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is speeding up.  The origin of this effect is not known, but is broadly attributed to a type of "dark energy" first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the Universe. I will describe how our team discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.

For more information about this event, please contact Christopher V Kelly at 3135778471 or cvkelly@umich.edu.