Friday, February 1, 2002
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Making Sense of the New Cosmology"

Michael Turner , University of Chicago
[Host: Craig Dukes]
Cosmology is in its most exciting period of discovery yet. Over the past five years we have determined the basic features of the Universe -- spatially flat; accelerating; composed of 1/3rd a new form of matter, 2/3rds a new form of energy, with some ordinary matter and neutrinos; and apparently born from a burst of rapid expansion during which quantum noise was stretched to astrophysical size seeding cosmic structure. Now we have to make sense of this: What is the dark matter particle? What is the nature of the dark energy? Why this mixture? How did the matter -- antimatter asymmetry arise? What is the underlying cause of inflation (if it occurred)? If we succeed in making sense of our Universe, this will truly be remembered as a Golden Age.

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