Speaker Night: Dr Mike Fich, U of Waterloo, “New Frontiers in Observational Cosmology”

November 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UTM Room SE2074 William Davis Building
Academic Annex
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1J7

Talk Description:  New Frontiers in Observational Cosmology

Mike Fich, University of Waterloo: Our most recent generation of cosmology experiments, such as the Planck satellite and observations of distant supernovae, has reduced all of cosmology to the very precise measurement of eight parameters. This relatively simple model seems complete with no hints of additional elements required to explain the entire evolution of the universe from the big bang to some far distant future. These recent results include such things as the precise measurement of the contributors to the overall mass–energy density of the universe. We know with great precision the amount of dark energy, dark matter, neutrinos, baryons, etc., in the universe today. What we do not know is exactly what most of these things really are.

In this talk Dr. Fich will discuss these elements and focus on the new experiments, now in development, that will give us insight into these areas of fundamental physics. One of the new instruments that will carry out these instruments is CCAT-prime, a telescope that is currently under construction by an international team that includes a strong pan-Canadian group of astronomers.

For more information go to: Earthshine Astronomy

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