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 Impact of Outflows on Galaxies and Halos over Cosmic Time Wednesday 04 Aug 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., David Caro building[...]
- Towards Sustainable Research Software & Inclusive Communities Wednesday 28 Jul 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., David Caro building[...]
- MOSEL Survey: Unveiling Epoch of Reionisation through analogs at z~3 Wednesday 21 Jul 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., David Caro building[...]
- Observation of gravitational waves from two neutron star-black hole coalescences Wednesday 07 Jul 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., David Caro building[...]
- Probing the Intergalactic Medium with Fast Radio Bursts and Hydrodynamic Simulations Wednesday 30 Jun 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., David Caro building[...]
- Feverish dust at the Epoch of Reionization? Taking the temperature and studying the implications Wednesday 23 Jun 2021 @ 16:00 p.m., Zoom Laura Sommovig[...]
- A High-Speed All-Sky Monitor for Fast Radio Bursts and Technosignatures Wednesday 16 Jun 2021 @ 12:00 p.m., Zoom A/Prof. Randal[...]