NCAT PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM SIRIES
Contact: Dr. Abebe Kebede
336-285 2113 or email email@example.com
Marteena Hall, Room 310
Time- 4:00 PM
"Illuminating the Dark Energy with a SNAP": Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Ph.D.
Department of Physics & Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
The SuperNova/Acceleration Probe (SNAP) is a proposed spaceborne observatory that will survey the sky with a wide-field optical and near infrared imager. The experiment is motivated by the startling discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. SNAP's primary science goal is to measure the expansion history of the universe and study both its dark energy and dark matter. In this talk I will give an overview of supernova cosmology and weak lensing, and describe how the science goals lead to the design of the SNAP observatory.