2017 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture
Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
April 11, 2017
Featuring Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute and 2011 Nobel Prize Laureate.
In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the space telescope which bears his name is being used to study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is speeding up. The origin of this effect is not known but is broadly attributed to a type of "dark energy" first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the universe. I will describe how our team discovered the acceleration of the universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.
Previous Vaden Miles lectures
April 7, 2016
Guest Lecturer: Prof. H. Eugene Stanley (Boston University)
Economic Fluctuationa and Statistical Physics
The 2016 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture details can be found here.
April 9, 2015
Guest Lecturer: Professor Hitoshi Muaryama (University of California Berkeley)
The Quantum Universe
The 2013 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture details can be found here.
April 10, 2014
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Mario Livio (Space Telescope Science Institute)
The 2014 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture details can be found here.
April 4, 2013
Guest Lecturer: Professor Charles M. Falco (University of Arizona)
The Science of Optics; The History of Art
The 2013 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture poster available here.
March 29, 2012
Guest Lecturer: Colonel Terry Virts, NASA Astronaut
Space Shuttle Mission STS-130 & Scientific Exploration on the International Space Station
The 2012 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture details and poster available here.
March 3, 2011
Guest Lecturer: Professor Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
SUSY and the Lords of the Ring: Supersymmetry Theory
The 2011 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture details available here.
April 1, 2010
Guest Lecturer: Professor Young-Kee Kim
Extreme Physics Where Small and Big Things Meet
The 2010 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture poster available here.
March 26, 2009
Guest Lecturer: Professor George W. Crabtree
The Sustainable Energy Challenge
The 2009 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture poster available here.
April 10, 2008
Guest Lecturer: Professor Eric Cornell, 2001 Physics Nobel Laureate
Stone cold science: Bose-Einstein condensation and the weird world of physics a millionth of a degree above absolute zero
The 2008 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture poster available here.
April 12, 2007
Guest Lecturer: Professor Sidney Nagel
Physics at the Breakfast Table
The 2007 Vaden W. Miles Memorial Lecture poster available here.