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School of Physics and Astronomy

Can you detect dark energy in the laboratory?

6 November 2013

Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Maths 103

Series: 
The London Relativity and Cosmology Seminar
Speaker: 
Clare Burrage (Nottingham)
 
Abstract: 

Attempts to explain the current acceleration of the expansion of the Universe typically introduce new scalar degrees of freedom that we call dark energy.  Detecting dark energy and understanding its properties is therefore a vital part of understanding how to resolve the cosmological constant problem.  Dark energy scalar fields will interact with Standard Model fields.  In this talk I will discuss these interactions and their phenomenological consequences, with the goal of finding a way to detect dark energy in the laboratory.