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Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

3:30 PM, Friday, September 30, 2011
Room 155, Chem-Phys Building

Dr. Chris Stubbs
Department of Physics
Harvard University

"Addressing the Dark Energy Crisis''

The discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe, driven by "Dark Energy'', is an indication that our understanding of fundamental physics is incomplete. In particular, the Dark Energy mystery lies at the intersection of gravity and quantum mechanics where we have trouble knitting together a consistent theoretical picture. In some ways our current situation is similar to the circumstances before the advent of quantum mechanics, with experimental results that don't fit into our existing theoretical framework. I will present an overview of the Dark Energy crisis we face, and sketch out some scenarios that might lie in our future.

Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:15 PM