Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
11 March 2016
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Shining New Light on Dark Matter
As the search for the source of Dark Energy continues, physicists are learning more about that other great mystery of the universe: Dark Matter. Various studies – from Fermilab’s Dark Energy Survey to OzDES in Australia – are mapping Dark Matter in unprecedented detail, leading to new theories on the nature and effects of the mysterious substance that binds stars into galaxies.
In a discussion moderated by University of Auckland physicist Richard Easther, world-renowned cosmologists and astrophysicists discuss the latest observations and the implications for our understanding of the dark side of the universe.
What is a Salon event?
World Science Festival Brisbane SALON events invite you to dive deeper into the science of specific topics, these informal discussions challenge participants to consider their shared passions from a fresh perspective.
By starting a dialogue, the Salon is designed to spark new explorations of science by the participants and the audience. The Salon sessions are smaller in capacity so audience and participants can enter into conversation at a detailed and thorough level.
Meet the Speakers
is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. His research covers cosmology, field theory, dark energy, particle physics, and gravitation. Carroll is the author of The Particle at the End of the Universe, for which he won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. He also wrote From Eternity to Here, which focuses on the flow of time and the origin of the universe. A regular blogger and public speaker, Carroll has appeared on The Colbert Report and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
is an astrophysicist who observes space in order to learn more about the physics of the world we live in. With the Universe as her laboratory, she uses the stellar and galactic experiments that the universe naturally performs to learn about the nature of gravity, spacetime, and the fundamental laws of physics.
As one of most highly cited astrophysicists in the world, she is the recipient of many prizes, including the Astronomical Society of Australia's award for the young researcher with the highest international impact. She works with international teams of astrophysicists searching for the elusive ‘dark energy’ that’s accelerating the universe.
is a physicist who aims to understand the universe in the first moments after the Big Bang, exploring the observable consequences of different models of the very early universe. Easther and his colleagues have found new ways to test competing cosmological scenarios and the theories of ultra-high energy physics which give rise to them. Easther is a New Zealander who worked in Japan and the United States for 15 years before returning to New Zealand in 2012, where he is now a professor of physics at the University of Auckland.
is a senior staff scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He’s also a member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Frieman’s research focuses on cosmology, including the study of dark energy and dark matter, the large-scale structure of the universe, supernovae, and gravitational lensing. Frieman is currently director of the Dark Energy Survey
— a five-year survey of 300 million galaxies, exploring why the universe is speeding up.
is a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. Natarajan’s research is focused on exotica in the universe — dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. She is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology — mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes.
Her work using gravitational lensing has provided a deeper understanding of the granularity of dark matter in clusters of galaxies and offers a novel way to unravel the nature of dark matter.
is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and is Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago.
Turner helped pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology, and his contributions include predicting cosmic acceleration and coining the term "dark energy," showing how quantum fluctuations during inflation evolved into the seeds for galaxies, and several key ideas that underpin the cold dark matter theory of structure formation.