Lambda: Cosmological Constant and Other Dark Thoughts

Who: Nemanja Kaloper (UC Davis)
When: Friday, September 28, 2018 at 14:15
Where: The CP³ meeting room

Professor Nemanja Kaloper (UC Davis) is giving his inaugural lecture as newly appointed honorary professor at FKF. Nemanja Kaloper is a theoretical cosmologist and a world leading expert on the cosmological constant problem and dark energy. The cosmological constant problem is one of the most important problems in modern theoretical physics, and the unknown dark energy is believed to the dominating energy component of the universe. If you are curious to know about these fundamental problems in our understanding of our universe, here is the chance to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. The talk is non technical and is intended to for the wider audience of all curious scientists at FKF. The talk will be in the CP3 seminar room and followed by a reception.

The abstract of Nemanja’s lecture is:
Most of the universe is comprised of the invisible agent which seems to exert antigravity on everything else. A simple fit to this picture is to assume that this strane stuff is a constant source in the equations of General Relativity, called the cosmological constant. Understanding the physics behind this fit is anything but simple, however. We review the cosmological constant problem starting with its historic roots and formulate the problem in modern terms.