VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, Dec. 2. Refreshments in NSC Planetarium at 3:00 PM, followed by the colloquiuim in 221 at 3:15 PM.

Note the slightly earlier time than normal.

The Dark Energy Survey

Dr. Hal Spinka, Senior Physicist, High Energy Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory

A new CCD camera is being constructed for the 4 m Blanco telescope in Chile for the Dark Energy Survey. The survey will begin in about a year and will study dark energy via supernova Ia distances, galaxy angular clustering, weak gravitational lensing, and baryon acoustic oscillations. Details of the project and the science will be described.