University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Monday, February 6th 2017
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Brian D. Nord, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Subject: The Power of Galaxy Surveys and Strong Gravitational Lensing for Probing the Cosmos

Current and future galaxy surveys will provide data sets unprecedented in size and precision with which to probe dark energy, dark matter and the early universe through probes like strong gravitational lensing. I will discuss modern experiments, like the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the opportunities they offer for studying dark energy. In particular, I will discuss the burgeoning role of strong lensing in these surveys, as well as new techniques in deep machine learning that we are deploying in this era of big astronomical data.

Faculty Host: Marco Peloso

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