The “Standard” Model of Comology…and Open QuestionsWhen: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Professor Bharat Ratra
Organization: Kansas State University
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium
Experiments and observations over the last decade have provided strong support for a “standard” model of cosmology that describes the evolution of the universe from an early epoch of inflation to the complex hierarchy of structure seen today. I review the basic physics, astronomy, and history of ideas on which this model is based. I describe the data which persuade cosmologists that (as yet undetected) dark energy and dark matter are by far the main components of the energy budget of the universe. I conclude with a list of open cosmological questions.