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
- Using galaxy surveys to understand the cosmological evolution. Wed 17 April, 2019 @14:15 PM, level 7, David Caro Build[...]
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- The complicated lives of disk galaxies: lessons from IFS Wed 27 March 2019 @14:15 PM, level 7, David Caro Buildi[...]
- The many faces of galaxies in transition in the local universe Mon 25th March, 2019 @14:15 PM, level 7, David Caro Bui[...]
- The early life of millisecond magnetars Mon 18 March 2019 @14:15 PM, level 7, David Caro Buildi[...]
- Magnetar Magnetospheres under the Microscope Wed 6 March, 2019 @12:00 PM, level 7, David Caro Buildi[...]
- Detecting new supernova remnants with GLEAM Thurs 28 Feb, 2019 @12:00 PM, level 7, David Caro Build[...]