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.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Alexey A Petrov.

 

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)

Brilliant Blunders

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.