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Title: Dark Energy: A Crisis for Fundamental Physics

Astrophysical observations provide robust evidence that our current picture of fundamental physics is incomplete. The discovery in 1998 that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating (apparently dmore »ue to gravitational repulsion between regions of empty space!) presents us with a profound challenge, at the interface between gravity and quantum mechanics. This "Dark Energy" problem is arguably the most pressing open question in modern fundamental physics. The first talk will describe why the Dark Energy problem constitutes a crisis, with wide-reaching ramifications. One consequence is that we should probe our understanding of gravity at all accessible scales, and the second talk will present experiments and observations that are exploring this issue.« less
Title: Dark Energy: A Crisis for Fundamental Physics
Publication Date: 2010-04-12
OSTI Identifier: 987969
DOE Contract Number: AC02-98CH10886
Other Number(s): Other: Pegram1
Resource Type: Multimedia
Specific Type: Multimedia Presentation
Resource Relation: Conference: George B. Pegram Lectures, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York (United States), presented on April 12, 2010
Research Org: BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Publisher: Brookhaven WBNL Streaming Media
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 1:03:15
System Entry Date: 2016-01-27