Thursday 21 February, 2013

The Accelerating Universe

Prof. Brian Schmidt,  Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University 256px-Brian_Schmidt_portrait_1In 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 form of matter, 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.

  • Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm, Thursday 21 February, 2013 (doors open at 12:15pm).
  • Venue: Raybould Lecture Theatre 1 Building #50, Room T203, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.
  • Arrangements: Registrations have closed for this event. Please email Aarti Kapoor (a.kapoor@uq.edu.au) if you have registered to attend this event but are unable to come.
  • Wesbite: Please click here for more details.

Prof. Brian Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected to the Royal Society in 2012. Prof. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

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