In 1998, astronomers studying supernovae made the surprising discovery that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating; their work was recognized by the 2011 Nobel Prize.
The mysterious stuff driving this acceleration was named ‘dark energy’, and is now known to account for about 70% of the Universe’s density. There are a number of proposals for what dark energy is, ranging from Einstein’s cosmological constant to scalar fields to modifications to General Relativity on cosmological distance scales. Understanding the nature of dark energy is a major area of research in modern cosmology.
Supervisor Profiles & Available Research Projects
- Galaxy cluster cosmology
- Tests of dark energy using galaxy cluster abundances
The Fornax Galaxy Cluster is one of the closest galactic groupings beyond our Local Group of galaxies. The VLT Survey Telescope image shows the central part of the cluster. At the lower-right is the spiral galaxy NGC 1365 and to the left the elliptical NGC 1399. Credit: ESO
- The imprint of their explosions: Using supernova remnants to understand stellar death (postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic social distancing m[...]
- Full of Orions? dissecting extreme, dusty starbursts on (k)pc-scales Wed 11th March 2020 @2:15 PM, level 7 Conference Room,[...]
- Morphological transformations in the local Universe: an observational and theoretical perspective Wed 4th March 2020 @12:00 PM, level 7 Conference Room,[...]
- Population synthesis of massive stellar binaries and predictions for the formation of (binary) black holes Wed 26th Feb 2020 @12:00 PM, level 7 Conference Room, D[...]
- The origin and fate of the discs of spiral galaxies from numerical simulations Wed 19th Feb 2020 @12:00 PM, level 7 Conference Room, D[...]
- Metal flows in simulated galaxies Wed 5th Feb 2020 @12:00 PM, level 7 Conference Room, Da[...]
- Dark Energy and Exoplanets Wed 29th Jan 2020 @12:00 PM, level 7 Conference Room, D[...]