Revealing Dark Energy's Hold on the Universe ~round table discussion~
A new collaboration aims to learn how dark energy is driving
the accelerated expansion of the universe.
ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS COLLABORATIONS in cosmology is about to get underway.
In early 2014, a project called SuMIRe, or Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts, will begin a five-year survey photographing a few billion galaxies and measuring the distances for a few million of them. Meanwhile, another project called ACTPol will use the Cosmic Microwave Background – the afterglow radiation of the Big Bang and the oldest light in the universe – to also detect galaxies and galaxy clusters deep in space and far back in time.
Together, data from both projects are expected to help reveal how dark energy has caused the universe to expand over cosmic time.
Three members of the collaboration spoke recently with The Kavli Foundation in a roundtable discussion about the ACTPol/SuMIRe partnership, dark energy and their future research plans.
- Michael Niemack – an assistant professor of physics at Cornell University and a leading team member of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and ACTPol teams.
- David Spergel – a theoretical astrophysicist and professor at Princeton University, leader of the ACTPol analysis team, and a principal investigator of the Kavli IPMU.
- Masahiro Takada – a professor at the Kavli IPMU and a leading team member of the Institute’s research program, SuMIRe.
CLICK HERE to read the roundtable discussion in The Kavli Foundation's web page.