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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)

Seminar

Dark Energy: Current theoretical issues and progress toward future experiments

Andreas Albrecht
UC Davis

The cosmic acceleration is widely regarded as one of the most exciting recent scientific developments. Many expect that radical changes to our understanding of fundamental physics will be required to understand the mystery of the cosmic acceleration (supposedly driven by the "Dark Energy"). Interestingly, new experiments are within reach that could have a tremendous impact on this very data-driven field. In this talk I will review some of the key theoretical issues and then discuss some of the opportunities presented by future experiments. The discussion will be placed in the context of the work of the Dark Energy Task Force and the more recent Joint Dark Energy Mission Figure of Merit Science Working Group.

Host: Salman Habib, habib@lanl.gov